Phil Neville sends message to Chelsea fans about Antonio Conte’s suit

Ex-Man United defender claims that Antonio Conte is wearing a suit to sends a message to the Chelsea fans and the club's board

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Phil Neville has claimed that Antonio Conte was making a point about his lack of power at Chelsea when the Blues manager wore a tracksuit for their opening two games of the 2017-18 season.

The Italian coach won the Premier League title in his first season in charge of the west London side after Chelsea finished seven points clear of their closest challengers Tottenham Hotspur.

Conte was decked out in a pristine suit throughout most of the 2016-17 campaign as Chelsea became the first title winners to register 30 victories in a season.

Chelsea have endured a tough summer transfer window despite signing Willy Caballero, Antonio Rudiger, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Alvaro Morata so far.

The Blues missed out on top target Romelu Lukaku after their former striker secured a £75m switch to Manchester United before Chelsea sold Nemanja Matic to the Red Devils despite being title rivals.

Conte claimed that the decision to sell the Serbia international was taken out of his hands despite the arrival of Bakayoko in a £40m deal from AS Monaco.

Former Manchester United defender Neville claimed that Conte opted to wear a suit for the Community Shield and their Premier League opener to signal to Chelsea fans that he isn’t making the decisions at Stamford Bridge.

“You can look too much not things,” Neville told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“He won the title and said it was his lucky suit. You don’t change your lucky suit for the first games of the season.

“The tracksuit was a message to the Chelsea owners to say he is just a tracksuit manager and he doesn’t make the decisions.”

Chelsea lost to Arsenal on penalties in the Community Shield before a 3-2 loss to Burnley at Stamford Bridge in their season opener.

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