Antonio Conte is ‘under renewed pressure’ at Chelsea, according to a new report in the Daily Mirror.
The Italian has been openly talking about the problems with trying to compete both domestically and Europe with a small squad, but Chelsea reportedly believe that Conte ‘too has questions to answer’.
Chelsea are now a massive 14 points behind leaders Manchester City after a fourth Premier League defeat of the season against West Ham on Saturday.
The Mirror claims that the consensus at the club was that a summer in which the Blues had spent around £187m was enough to see them compete with City and put up a defence of their title.
They are now unlikely to stand in Conte’s way if he wants to leave the club, with PSG said to be targeting him.
Chelsea will be without top scorer Alvaro Morata when they face Huddersfield on Tuesday night; they have over-relied on him this season.
“I think we have to face the reality and will try to do our best,” said Conte. “If I stay here to complain it is not the right way. We have to try to do our best.
“For sure, it is difficult because to face a game every three days is not simple, especially if your squad is not big, but at the same time we have to face this situation.
“We have to try to do our best. For sure some players can be tired, that’s normal because some players are playing from this summer and our tours in China and Singapore. It’s normal.
“But, I repeat, we have to find the best solution. We have to find more rotations. I’m doing this, we will try and do our best with hunger and desire. We will fight.
“Last season, we faced the season with 13 players, 13 players played regularly. This season we tried to add two or three players to be 16 or 17 to try to face every competition.
“When you are starting a path, you must have patience and then to build and to put one or two players. It is not simple to face all competitions in a moment where you are building.”