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Antonio Conte wants to clear out Chelsea senators to have a better squad to work with, this is what emerges from a report by The Sun.

The Italian manager had lunch three times in the past three days with Blues owner Roman Abramovich at Cobham facilities, revealing him that he identified the problem of the squad, that are the senators.

Conte want to get rid of some of the key players of 2015 title, won under José Mourinho, that according to him are not good anymore for a team with the targets Chelsea got at the moment.

The ex Juventus and Italy’s coach was also a little disappointed with some Blues directors, that failed to sign some key players he wanted to add to the squad: only N’Golo Kante, whose fee was £ 25m, was a player targeted by the ex Juventus and Italy’s coach.

Michy Batshuayi, paid £ 33m, arrived to pacify sporting director Michael Emenalo, while David Luiz and Marcos Alonso ( that costed £ 55m both) were desperate dealine-day transfers in order to add useful players to the squad.

Conte want to renew the roster and asked Abramovich to offload players like Nemanja Matic, John Obi Mikel, Oscar, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, all protagonist in the league won two campaigns ago, while John Terry, now almost 36, won’t probably have his contract extended in the end of this season.

Most of these players represented Chelsea spine in these last years, but for Conte now is time to change to try to build another Chelsea ready to win.




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After back to back premier League defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal respectively, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has come under pressure for his side poor form.

The Chelsea defense can be faulted the most for the recent poor form, with schoolboy errors from experienced midfielder Gary Cahill twice costing Chelsea points.

Speculations are making the rounds and according to The Mail,  Antonio Conte is planning a defensive clear out by selling off both Cahill and Ivanovic in the coming months with the imminent returns of Kurt Zouma and captain John Terry from their respective injuries.

The blues have conceded nine goals in their last four games in all competitions.

Speaking on ​Sky Sports after the weekend’s defeat to the Gunners left Chelsea sitting down in eighth place in the league, the Times’ Matt Dickinson claimed that the Blues were in crisis – saying:

“A defensive crisis, that’s for sure,” the weird thing yesterday is to see the same mistakes. When you realise you’re doing something wrong in the first five minutes – playing from the back – and you think: ‘Okay, this isn’t working,’ but it was like the highlights were on a constant loop.”

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Antonio Conte admitted he had a positive feedback from the friendly won 3-1 against AC Milan, and was clearly satisfy before going back to London to finish the pre-season preparation:

“The atmosphere was fantastic, wonderful. It’s fantastic to play in this atmosphere for me and the players.

“The grass was very good, better than the last game against Real Madrid. I must be honest, against Real Madrid the field wasn’t good. Tonight was beautiful, all beautiful.”

The Italian manager also stressed the fact that now he will have to choose which players to keep in his squad, and who will be put on the market in the next twenty days.

The Chelsea squad is too huge, and some player will have to go to work better:

“I think this match told me a lot – about the players who keep and who can go on loan or we can sell. Today, it was important because I have a more clear idea than before.

“Now we go back to London and it’s important for me, for the club, to talk and take the decision about all the players. In this pre-season we work with 30 players, four goalkeepers and 26 players. A lot of players. Now remains one game against Werder Bremen and then we must take the decision.

“We hope to take the best decision for the club and the players also. The ideas are very clear, but it’s important for me to speak about this topic with the club.”




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