Barcelona boss on claims he could hammer final nail in Conte coffin

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Barcelona boss on claims he could hammer final nail in Conte coffin

The defending champions have endured a turbulent period on the pitch, losing 4-1 at Watford on Monday, five days after a 3-0 home defeat by Bournemouth.

Negotiations would go in a good way and the Spanish coach could debut on the bench of Chelsea in the Champions League tie against FC Barcelona - an exciting challenge to start.

The worry is for La Liga's eighth-placed side that they will lose the key members of their coaching team at the end of the season if and when Conte leaves Chelsea. It could prove to be a pivotal month for Conte and the club.

Chairman Bruce Buck said on the club's official website that Chelsea "will be taking a strong squad" for the match at Optus Stadium, with the new Premier League season set to kick off on August 11.

Chelsea have sacked previous managers Jose Mourinho, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Roberto Di Matteo and Andre Villas-Boas in mid-season.

Though Morata is out for a while, Chelsea should look to use the Spaniard alongside French global Olivier Giroud in a 3-5-2 system or a 4-4-2 system.

However, reports Spain have suggested the Blues are already planning for Conte's exit and have made an approach for Enrique to take over in London. It's been quite a long time coming, he's been making noises, even last season there was the breakdown of his relationship with Diego Costa. Eden Hazard played as a part of the attacking duo, along with Alvaro Morata but his absence has seen Conte shift the system. But, again, things may change if the next few results don't go well.

Enrique is now on a year-long sabbatical after winning nine trophies in three seasons at the Nou Camp and he is reluctant to to cut that break short.

That's the narrative in The Guardian who write that the Italian has "no intention of resigning at Chelsea despite his team's recent dismal run and expects to oversee the game against West Bromwich Albion next week".

But, personally, I'd be very surprised if Suarez, on the evidence of his form this season, was allowed to leave the Camp Nou for Stamford Bridge, in the summer transfer window.

Given that quote, it would seem that Conte has not lost the dressing room at this point.

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