Antonio Conte is expected to leave Chelsea at the end of the season Chelsea legend Marcel Desailly has warned his former club against sacking Antonio Conte and believes the club should instead look to sell ‘four or five’ players.
The Italian is expected to leave the club at the end of the season after a disappointing second season at Stamford Bridge. Conte guided Chelsea to the title during his debut season at the club but his relationship with the board has soured this season due to his lack of involvement in the club’s transfer strategy.
Chelsea’s sacking strategy has proved successful in the past but Desailly believes they should stick by Conte this time and should sell players instead. Conte’s contract expires in 2019 (Picture: Getty)‘What was working last season with Conte cannot suddenly not work this season,’ Desailly told the Daily Mail. ‘Before they’ve changed the coach, and kept the players. This time they should keep the coach and look to move four to five players on.
And Desailly believes the club’s decision to let Matic and Diego Costa go last summer has cost them dearly. Massive,’ Desailly says when asked about the sales of Costa and Matic in the summer. ‘Costa would have scored 10 goals more than [his replacement] Alvaro Morata. So maybe that’s five more wins and that’s a big difference. ‘And the system of three at the back did not work this season because Conte lost Matic,’ added Desailly. ‘Matic fitted with N’Golo Kante at the time and Cesc Fabregas fitted better in that system with him too. Together they protected the defence like it was needed.’