Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

'Chelsea players got Mourinho sacked, now they are after Conte' - Leboeuf

'Chelsea players got Mourinho sacked, now they are after Conte' - Leboeuf

Former Blues midfielder and coach Wilkins passed away this week.

Conte delivered the Premier League title previous year in his first season in England but has suffered a demoralising campaign this time around, with the club lying eight points off a place in the top four.

Having lost 3-1 at home to Tottenham last weekend, Chelsea are now fifth, well adrift of the Champions League places ahead of Sunday's meeting with West Ham.

"It's not true. Gianluca is a friend but I have not spoken to him for one year maybe", he explained. It is not true.

"Sometimes it's very hard to understand why [these comments are made], but I understand because he is now a journalist and he has to give news to Sky and to try to speak about my situation". This is the only truth. "The other situations are not true".

The feeble surrender of their title has seen Conte's position come under increasing scrutiny and it still remains unclear if he will be in charge at the start of next season.

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"They know I am trying to put all of myself to change this situation because I have great responsibility".

"We must be realistic to understand that this defeat was a bad defeat for us", he added.

"We must try to do everything to try to continue to have the possibility to play in the Champions League". With Gianluca we went once to dinner last season and then I stopped (speaking to him).

There's no excuse not to be giving our younger players a chance when in a couple of games time we will likely have nothing to play for in the league.

With only seven games remaining, Conte's two-year reign at Stamford Bridge looks set to finish with his departure at the end of the season, with widespread reports Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is considering moves for ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique and Juventus chief Max Allegri. "We must have great respect for the tragedy and think to play football to give the best during the game".

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