Published: Tue, April 03, 2018
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Gianluca Vialli: Antonio Conte "looking forward" to leaving Chelsea

Gianluca Vialli: Antonio Conte

'We must be realistic and understand what our level is, struggling to fight for a Champions League place, ' he said.

Earlier, Manchester City resumed normal service after a two-week break from Premier League football by dispatching Everton by 3-1 on Saturday.

Asked about Alli's celebration, in which he cupped his hand to his ear, Pochettino said: "I didn't see the celebration".

However, with a few months left in the current campaign, the club might stick with the gaffer through this mess and might as well provide him with a second chance, as looking for a manager better than Conte would prove to be troublesome for the club board.

"Davide Zappacosta is a clear example for this type of situation", Conte added. The interlinking passes without Kane reminded everyone just how fluid Pochettino's team can play when they are buzzing.

"If he doesn't play for the worldwide team he needs to fight and win trust and confidence again". In addition they spent just over £30m each on Danny Drinkwater and Antonio Rudiger and over £20m on Davide Zappacosta. For example, Emerson Palmieri.

It appears Conte's side are destined for a disappointing fifth placed finish, and a season away from Europe's top table as Spurs delivered a stark message at the Bridge - you're not the feared side you once were. Odds of an exit have narrowed as the season and complaints have gone on.

Defeat for the hosts all but ends Chelsea's hopes of Champions League football next season as Spurs opened up an eight-point lead over their closest challengers for fourth place.

He reinjured the ankle last month and, because of the FA Cup and worldwide break, only missed one Premier League game before returning as a substitute during Sunday's 3-1 victory at Chelsea.

Conte has been critical of Chelsea's hierarchy for some time, questioning their transfer policy and with results on the pitch not what is expected - the Italian is not expected to continue his tenure beyond this season. "He has nothing to show to me or to us". We don't just want to be a team that gets there for one or two years and then falls off.

Kane said: "Whenever something bad happens, you have to find the positives".

Former Manchester United player, Gary Neville, has said that anyone going to coach Chelsea should know that managers do not last long at the club.

The fact is, Chelsea have won 14 trophies under Roman Abramovic since he joined in 2004. To put that in perspective - in their calamitous 2015-16 season in which they came 10th, they were beaten five times at Stamford Bridge.

Perhaps Conte is right to suggest that "In our line of work, we always have a bag packed".

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