Could Carlo Ancelotti return to Chelsea?
Speculation of Antonio Conte leaving Chelsea has been constant both before the season kicked off and during.
A 1-0 loss at home to Manchester City in a game that the Blues were completely outplayed will have not have helped the Italian manager as the result leaves Conte’s side already six points behind joint leaders City and Manchester United after seven games.
The handling of Diego Costa over the summer appeared to be the start of a troubled start of their Premier League title defence. The Spanish international, who fired Chelsea to the title last season, revealed during the summer that Antonio Conte had texted him to tell him he was no longer in his plans.
This was before Chelsea had even replaced Costa, though they did end up bringing in Álvaro Morata from Real Madrid, even if he was seemingly their second choice to Romelu Lukaku, who went to Manchester United.
Fortunately for the West London club, they managed to agree a staggering £57 million transfer of the 28-year-old with Atlético Madrid 10 days ago. The Spanish club can’t even register the striker until 1 January and have paid £25 million more than what they sold him for three years ago.
Chelsea’s defeat to Manchester City means they have only collected four points from their past three games – a disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Arsenal was followed up by a 4-0 thrashing of Stoke City.
Further concerns for Conte and his future is that Carlo Ancelotti was dismissed from his job at Bayern Munich last week.
The Italian has previously managed at Stamford Bridge, winning the Premier League and FA Cup in his first season but was dismissed at the end of the 2010-11 season after a trophy-less campaign.
Whether Roman Abrahimovic would want Ancelotti back at Stamford Bridge remains to be seen but if Antonio Conte isn’t going to last the full season then there’s certainly an experienced and successful coach available to steady the ship.
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