Rio Ferdinand sends advice to Antonio Conte ahead of Chelsea v Man United

The Man United legend offers Antonio Conte some advice about getting his Chelsea players ready for a huge game at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Rio Ferdinand has warned Antonio Conte that he will have to raise the spirits of the Chelsea squad ahead of the visit of Manchester United on Sunday.

The title holders have endured a tough run of form over the past couple of weeks following a return of two victories in their last six games in the Premier League and the Champions League.

Chelsea suffered a resounding 3-0 loss to AS Roma in their Group C clash in the Italian capital following goals from Stephan El Shaarawy in the first half before Diego Perotti sealed three points for the hosts.

The defending champions will welcome their title rivals Manchester United to Stamford Bridge this weekend as Conte’s men look to avoid losing further ground on leaders Manchester City.

Chelsea have already lost to Burnley, Crystal Palace and Manchester City to leave the reigning champions nine points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering team.

Former Manchester United defender Ferdinand warned Conte that he needs to get his Chelsea players in the right frame of mind for the visit of the Red Devils after a tough night in Rome.

“It is up to the manager and the big personalities in the changing room to turn things around,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“The atmosphere at the training ground tomorrow will be dejected. They’ve got to find a way to lift it. It starts with the manager and filters through to the rest of the team.”

Chelsea have won the Premier League title in two of the past three seasons.

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