Jamie Redknapp claims Chelsea FC’s dressing room is ‘toxic’ under Antonio Conte

The Spurs legend believes Chelsea FC's dressing room has turned toxic under Antonio Conte

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

Jamie Redknapp believes the Chelsea FC dressing room has turned “toxic” amid uncertainty surrounding Antonio Conte’s future.

The defending Premier League champions missed out on the chance to close the gap on Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening.

Chelsea FC lost 3-1 to Tottenham after Christian Eriksen cancelled out Alvaro Morata’s opener before Dele Alli netted twice in the second half.

Spurs are eight points ahead of fifth-placed Chelsea FC to give them a cushion with seven games left to play in their Premier League campaign.

The Blues are a staggering 28 points behind runway Premier League leaders Manchester City despite winning the title at a canter in Conte’s first season.

The former Juventus boss has faced relentless speculation surrounding his future at Chelsea FC over the past couple of months.

Ex-Spurs midfielder Redknapp delivered a withering verdict on the atmosphere surrounding the defending Premier League champions this term.

“There seems to be problems in the squad, the manager’s not happy, and that transmits to the players,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “I’ve been in that kind of dressing room before, and it’s toxic.

“It looks like he wants out, and it’s a shame because he’s one of the best managers around. But there’s no doubt, you manage this club for one, maybe two years – and by manage I mean control – and after that, it feels like they cut your legs off.

“You can’t do anymore, and someone else comes into the equation. I don’t know where they go next, because they’ve been through so many exceptional managers.”

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

The Blues lost to Tottenham at Stamford Bridge for the first time since 1990 to compound a miserable Sunday afternoon for Chelsea FC supporters.

Chelsea FC will take on Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley later this month.

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