FORMER CHELSEA MIDFIELDER TELLS CLUB NOT TO SACK CONTE BEFORE BARCELONA CLASH

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Chelsea have struggled this season and the club’s woes were compounded when the Blues were hammered 3-0 by Bournemouth at home on Wednesday night, a result that has heaped pressure on Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte.

Former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been lined up as Conte’s replacement according to reports, and with the club having some huge fixtures in February, including a Champions League clash with Barcelona. Former Chelsea midfielder Gus Poyet doesn’t think sacking Conte before the game against Barca will be beneficial to the club.

“It doesn’t look right from outside,” the Bordeaux manager told talkSPORT.

“Obviously we don’t know what is happening inside, but this is not coming from the last month, this is coming from the summer.

“I think Conte had a clear idea of what he wanted to do, but unfortunately it was not possible to create in terms of players coming and leaving.

“That created a little bit of insecurity, things were changing, the team was not performing, Man City are flying, and then you put that all together and you get what happened yesterday.

“You can say that it’s only one game, but it’s a game that can hurt them a lot.”

Poyet then added: “I would leave the manager until the end of the season.

“It’s very important not to create another issue with another manager, with another system and another mentality ahead of a massive Champions League game.

“I just wouldn’t.”

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