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Former Barcelona Coach Luis Enrigue ‘One Step Away’ From Replacing Antonio Conte

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Consecutive losses have put the eventual fate of Chelsea‘s boss Antonio Conte under further speculation. Luis Enrique is in line to replace the Italian as the club’s board meets on Tuesday to discuss the Italian’s future.

Conte is on the precarious edge of the sack following Chelsea’s 4-1 crush at Watford on Monday evening, which came days after a 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth. Diario Sports report former Barcelona boss Enrique is the London club’s first choice to replace Conte and is ‘one step away’ from the job.

The ex-Barcelona boss has been out of a job since last summer and, with Chelsea set to confront his old side in the last 16 of the Champions League, it raises the captivating probability of Enrique confronting his successor Ernesto Valverde over two legs. And, could see the new job role as the ideal open door for exact retribution.

The report in Sport also proposes former Barcelona and Chelsea full-back Juliano Belletti will be named the sporting director at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, In an emotional post-match press conference at Watford. Conte maintains that he has no fears about losing his job:

‘No, I’m not worried. I’m not worried about my job.

‘I work every day, and I give 120 percent. Okay? If this is enough, it’s okay.

‘Otherwise, the club can take a different decision. But I’m not worried. Tomorrow is another day. I can be the Chelsea coach or not. Which is the problem? My soul is clear.

‘I go to sleep without a problem that maybe, maybe, I could do this or that. I try to do everything. If it’s not good, the club can make a different decision. Life goes on.

‘To play football in a great club, it means you must have a personality because it’s simple to play when there is the confidence.

‘Especially in this type of moment, you can see who is (ready to play) for a great club. To play with personality and also to risk something.’

 

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