Antonio Conte denied that his team sheet was intended as any kind of message to the Chelsea hierarchy after a lineup stocked with kids on the bench and a 20-year-old making his first start lost to Burnley on the opening day of their title defense.
Reports suggest the Chelsea manager is at loggerheads with the club’s hierarchy over transfer dealings, less than a month after he lifted the Premier League trophy. These accounts carry echoes of Conte’s final months as manager of Juventus.
Antonio Conte will hope Diego Costa justifies his faith in having him rather than Everton's Romelu Lukaku, as his main striker, and delivers another three points today in Chelsea's chase for the title.
Frank Lampard has seen at close quarters how precarious the life of a Chelsea manager can be. He played under 10 different bosses during his 13-year stint at Stamford Bridge before Jose Mourinho returned for a second crack at the club he called home.