GIVE CONTE TIME, BLUES LEGEND TELLS BOARD

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Chelsea under Roman Abramovich are known for pulling the trigger as soon as things go downhill for the manager.

But despite losing heavily to Watford and Bournemouth in their last two outings, Antonio Conte still hasn’t been sacked and Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux believes Conte has time to redeem himself with the club still in the FA Cup and Champions League.

Le Saux told Betfair: “From a footballing perspective, I firmly believe it should only be your final option to change the manager.

“With the quality that Chelsea have, they should be well capable of winning at least 75 per cent of their remaining 12 matches.

“Don’t forget that they’re still in the FA Cup and the Champions League and have a fantastic tie against Barcelona to look forward to.

“Obviously the team doesn’t look as settled as it did last season and for a side like Chelsea, with their history of high managerial turnover, they’re going to be under the microscope – a very sensitive one at that.

“It seems as though they’ve lost that knack of picking up points when still playing below par, which is vital for any side that harbours Premier League title aspirations.

“You look at Manchester City over the last few weeks, they’ve gone from cricket scores to grinding out results.

“It’s a high pressure environment but they’re still in good shape.

“They need to focus on the positives despite all the surrounding negative noise and you’d like to think that Conte has some credit in the bank with the powers that be after what he achieved last season.

“Despite recent form, they’re still only six points behind Manchester United with a decent goal difference.

“Their win ratio isn’t actually that bad but the games that they have lost have cost them dearly.

“I think it’s really as much about who they’ve lost to as much as anything else and that’s what has compounded the speculation surrounding Antonio Conte, especially given their level of consistency last season.

“If you cast your mind back to their previous title-winning campaign, they had a blip when they lost to Arsenal and Liverpool and drew away at Swansea, suddenly everyone was wondering if the manager would still be around at Christmas.”

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