The Chelsea fans were drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern on Wednesday evening after they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Arsenal at the semi-final stage.
Following an uncharacteristically scrappy 180 minutes of football between two of London’s heavyweights, Chelsea were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by 2 goals to 1 on aggregate. The result leaves Chelsea with only three trophies to play for this season, but only two of those are realistic ambitions considering Man City have all but secured the Premier League title this season.
Chelsea have failed to emulate their success from last season during the current campaign after spending £195.12 million on new signings last summer. Despite Chelsea’s extravagant spending spree, Conte has spent the majority of his season bemoaning the lack of options within his current squad, and his complaints are beginning to negatively influence his players on the field of play.
On paper, Conte should have nothing to complain about considering The Blues have 25 players registered for the Premier League, whilst league-leaders Manchester City have just 21, and their local-rivals Tottenham have just 23.
Conte may have been using the excuse as a tactic to deflect attention away from his players’ poor performances this season, but instead of helping his players, his comments in the British media are destroying the morale within the club – especially for fringe players such as Michy Batshuayi, Charly Musonda and Davide Zappacosta.
The former manager of the Italian national side has become the architect of his own downfall this season, and his behaviour may cost him the job at the end of the season. Every time he declares that his squad lacks strength in depth, his words serve to destroy the confidence of his players who now feel they are not good enough for their passionate leader.
Chelsea’s performances of late are living proof of Conte’s grave tactical error away from the field, and unless he changes his attitude very shortly, The Blues will certainly be set for a disappointing trophy-less season.
With the board at Stamford Bridge understood to be growing tired of the former Juventus coach’s antics, Roman Abramovich will surely have to make a managerial change before too long.
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