It is not a matter of debate that this is Antonio Conte’s last season at Chelsea. The question is however, how fast will he leave?
We can bet on this, that he will be forced to announce his resignation on Thursday. This will be after Chelsea’s humiliating defeat at the Camp Nou, on Wednesday night.
The Italian has been the chief architect of his own downfall. He started by having a stellar first season at Chelsea, which resulted him in winning the league.
Then he shot himself in the foot when he told Diego Costa to leave the club. Costa had been Chelsea’s goal scoring machine ever since he joined the club from Atletico. Costa’s indiscipline was a small price to pay. However, Conte preferred the tame Alvaro Moratta. He expected the Spaniard to deliver Costa’s goals minus the drama. We all know how that went.
As if this was not enough, Conte swapped Mitchy Batshuayi for a washed up Olivier Giroud. Batshuayi wanted more game time in preparation for the World Cup, something that was not forthcoming at Chelsea. After his departure to Dortmund, the Belgian has managed to score 7 goals, the same number of goals managed by the quartet of Moratta, Giroud, Pedro and Willian.
Now the chickens have come home to roost, after a poor run of form that saw Chelsea lose to Manchester City (who they beat in both legs last season) and Manchester United, they will be facing Barcelona at the Camp Nou.
To put matters into perspective, Barcelona have a 35 match unbeaten run. They have Lionel Messi who seems to score at will. The Catalans also have a valuable away goal and worst of all (at least for Chelsea) they will be playing at home.
I have a feeling that Antonio Conte has already prepared his resignation speech and that Roman Abramovich has already contacted Guus Hiddink to come and babysit the boys in blue. Who knows? I might be wrong but let’s just wait and see.