Ian Wright explains why Antonio Conte feels under pressure at Chelsea FC

The Arsenal legend believes Chelsea FC boss Antonio Conte is feeling the heat of having to prove himself in the Champions League

Arsenal legend Ian Wright Photo: BT Sport

Ian Wright believes Antonio Conte is feeling the pressure to prove himself in the Champions League ahead of Chelsea’s last-16 clash against Barcelona.

The Blues head coach is facing an uncertain future at the west London side following a disastrous start to 2018 so far in the Premier League.

Chelsea FC have only managed to win one of their last five Premier League games and have conceded seven times in losses to Bournemouth and Watford in their last two outings.

Conte has hit out at the Blues board over their transfer policy since the Italian coach took over the reins of the defending champions back in May 2016.

Chelsea FC signed Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, AS Roma defender Emerson Palmieri and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window.

Barcelona are sitting comfortably at the top of the La Liga table to leave Chelsea FC with a daunting task ahead of the first leg of their Champions League clash later this month.

Former Arsenal striker Wright suggested that Conte’s foul mood could be a result of the pressure that the Chelsea FC boss is feeling to prove himself in Europe.

“There is a lot of pressure on him with this Champions League game coming up now. He hasn’t really proven in the Champions League in respect of what happened at Juventus,” Wright told The Debate on Sky Sports.

“His main problem is he wants to get himself in the situation to make a mark in the Champions League. He hasn’t done it. They have two games against Barcelona and it will be a mountain too high for them to climb.”

Chelsea FC won the Premier League title with two games to spare last term after they finished seven points clear of their closest challengers Tottenham Hotspur.

The Blues haven’t won the Champions League title since winning the competition on penalties against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena in 2012.

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