Heavy speculations are linking former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique to Chelsea following a poor performance under Antonio Conte which has also led to The Blues 3-0 thrashing at Stamford Bridge by Bournemouth in the midweek.
Antonio Conte’s future in Chelsea will be largely determined by four huge matches over the next six weeks — starting with their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona this month the source stated.
According to report from Mirror Sport, Chelsea insist it is business as usual after backing their head coach in the January transfer window and with the reigning Premier League champions still in three competitions.
Chelsea who are defending champions are currently in fourth place on the table, and are 18 points adrift of the leaders with crucial run of games, starting with that first encounter with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge followed by away trips to the two Manchester giants, City and United.
The Italian who is bent on defending his £9million-a-year job despite the current frustration he is facing with the club, must also realize that two past premier league managers (Mourinho with Chelsea and Claudio Ranieri with Leicester City) were all sacked in the middle of the next season even after winning the title.
CONTE’S FATE TO BE DETERMINED BY THESE FOUR GAMES
|Feb 14||Champions League||Barcelona (h)|
|Feb 25||Premier League||Man United (a)|
|Mar 4||Premier League||Man City (a)|
|Mar 20||Champions League||Barcelona (a)|
Ex-Barca boss Luis Enrique who is heavily rumoured to seat on the hot bench at Stamford Bridge is currently on sabbatical from football. He won the European Cup, Two Laliga and three Copa del Rey titles while in charge of Barcelona.