Antonio Conte to leave Chelsea next season

Hannah Rogers
April 3, 2018

Chelsea players endured a chastening Sunday afternoon as they were beaten by Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1990. With this win, they also snapped their 28-year wait of beating Chelsea at their home.

The commitment of owner Roman Abramovich to the £1b Stamford Bridge redevelopment has meant that the big spending era would have to be replaced by more prudent spending but unfortunately for the club, the wrong man was in the dugout. "I would be surprised to see Conte at Chelsea next season because I think he is nearly looking forward to leaving, and I also think that Chelsea want to change, they want something new, maybe a manager who is more of a corporate man - people have been talking about Luis Enrique". Instead, the Blues sit fifth in the standings with the hopes of Champions League football for the next season all but gone.

After continual bemoaning of the club's transfer activity, and with Chelsea on the brink of missing out on Champions League qualification, Conte's departure appears to now be a foregone conclusion.

"I think the players see this. I'm very happy for him because he played very well".

Victory opened up an eight-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea with just seven games of the Premier League campaign left.

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Transition was inevitable from the moment that Diego Costa forced a return to Atletico Madrid last summer and Nemanja Matic was granted the exit (to Manchester United) he had desired for the best part of a year.

Whilst Spurs certainly have a long way to go in order to match the global reach or historical success of their main capital rivals at the Emirates and Stamford Bridge, the fact that this season looks like being the first time since 1994/1995 that they will finish above both Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League table also feels significant. We are working very hard to try to have a good season, but I think that, in the end, we are deserving this season. I don't know about this, but we didn't speak about a project.

He said, 'No, I'm not anxious.

The slick and impressive uniforms worn throughout this campaign have been largely celebrated by the club's fans and next season's are following in a similar vein.

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