Antonio Conte: What I really think about potential Chelsea FC replacement

The Chelsea FC manager opens up about the coach linked with his position at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Antonio Conte has spoken of his great admiration for Luis Enrique, despite the Spanish coach being linked with his Chelsea FC role.

The Blues manager is coming under pressure at the west London side following a run of two successive Premier League defeats ahead of the visit of West Brom on Monday night.

Chelsea FC conceded seven goals in surprising losses to Bournemouth and Watford to leave the defending champions outside of the top four ahead of their clash against the Baggies.

Conte hasn’t been afraid to challenge the Chelsea FC hierarchy about their signings during his 18-month tenure to fuel speculation surrounding his future.

The Premier League title holders have been linked with a potential move to appoint former Barcelona treble-winning manager Enrique as Conte’s successor over the past fortnight.

Despite talk of Enrique replacing the Italian at Stamford Bridge, Conte has lifted the lid on his respect for the former Spanish midfielder.

“We played against each other and he’s a really good person. I have great admiration for Luis Enrique and he is a fantastic coach,” Conte is quoted as saying by Metro.

“He reached his targets with Barcelona, and also with Roma, you could see a well-organised team. I can speak about him very well, as a person and a coach.”

Chelsea FC will take on Enrique’s former club Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16 later this month.

The Blues won the Premier League title in Conte’s first season in charge after finishing seven points clear of Tottenham last term.

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