Conte gave Chelsea players ‘excuse’ not to perform this season

Despite delivering the Premier League title last season and the FA Cup this, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is still widely expected to depart Stamford Bridge in the coming days.

One of the main reasons that the Italian coach is set to be shown the exit door by the London club is due to his sides hugely disappointing fifth place finish in the Premier League.

Although Chelsea have actually spent £250 million over the last two transfer windows, Conte has spend most of this season complaining about not securing his first-choice targets, and the EPL’s all time leading goal scorer Alan Shearer reckons that the Blues’ managers constant complaining has effected his sides performances.

“I have heard a lot of Conte’s interviews this season where there have been little digs here and there about the players who came into the club last year, and whether it was with his consent.” Shearer wrote in his BBC column.

“The players picked up on that and that gave them some sort of excuse for not performing as well as they did when they won the title in his first season in charge.”

“Having said that, if Conte does leave Stamford Bridge in the next few weeks, then he is going as a successful manager with a league title and FA Cup from his two seasons in charge.”

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