Jamie Redknapp sends blunt Chelsea FC message to Antonio Conte

The Liverpool FC legend wants to see Antonio Conte to show some passion at Chelsea FC despite uncertainty surrounding his future

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Chelsea FC manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Jamie Redknapp has urged Antonio Conte to go out “swinging punches like a champion” if the Chelsea FC manager is to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season.

The Italian coach is facing intense speculation surrounding his future at the west London club following a difficult second season at the defending champions.

Conte led Chelsea FC to the Premier League title last term after the Blues finished seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

The former Juventus boss was heavily praised for his switch to a 3-4-3 formation in September 2016 which triggered Chelsea FC’s charge to the title.

Conte’s tactics were mimicked by a host of Premier League clubs to underline his impact on the English top flight.

The Blues have managed to win four of their 15 games in all competitions in 2018 so far to heap pressure on Conte.

The title holders produced a negative performance in a 1-0 loss to Premier League leaders Manchester City at the weekend.

Former Liverpool FC captain Redknapp is disappointed to see Conte’s lack of passion at the west London club.

“Not only does Conte risk losing his players and tarnishing last season’s triumph, but he is also damaging his reputation,” Conte told the Daily Mail.

“What chairman would want to hire the Italian on the basis of this surrender at City?

“Chelsea’s season is in danger of petering out into fifth place. If Conte is to depart at the end of the season, then he should go out swinging punches like a champion. Not like a man resigned to his fate.”

Chelsea FC have won the Premier League title in two of the past three seasons under Jose Mourinho and then Conte.

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