Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been at odds with the Stamford Bridge club’s board over the last couple of transfer windows, and the Italian coach has revealed it is not a lack of signings he is unhappy with, it is rather that he feels the current Premier League title holders actually signed too many players.
The Blues have spent over £250 million during the last two windows on Tiémoué Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata, Danny Drinkwater, Davide Zappacosta, Antonio Rudiger, Emerson Palmieri, Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley.
However, Conte seems to feel the club would have been better off buying three world-class players than bringing eight players in, some of which are arguably not at the elite level required for a club with aspirations of competing in four competitions.
Speaking ahead of his sides crunch Premier League fixture against Watford tonight the former Juventus coach said:
“Now we have to struggle to fight for a Champions League place – that is top,”
“We must be realistic. We must be strong to accept this type of situation. Then, in the future, if there is the possibility, you have to try to buy only two or three players – not eight players.
“Don’t forget, this summer, we brought in eight players and spent a lot less than other teams who bought only two or three.
“We have to create a basis; we have to build something important. To do this, you must have 15 or 16 players. In the summer, we changed eight players. That means you don’t have a basis, a great foundation. We must have great patience to understand the moment.
“We lost strong, experienced players in the last few years, so we must have patience to understand that, now, we have to appreciate the moment, be realistic, create a basis and then build something important to face big challenges with the other teams.”
Chelsea’s suffered a dismal 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth in their last outing in the Premier League and have now slipped to fourth position in the table.
The Blues have been in stuttering form so far in 2018, and reports have surfaced recently revealing that if they lose tonight at Vicarage Road against Watford, the club’s board may well decide to sack Conte.
Reports have also suggested that if the Italian coach is relieved of his duties, the Stamford Bridge club have lined up former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as his replacement.