Gullit believes Conte can rescue Chelsea job with win vs. Barcelona

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Antonio Conte‘s time at Chelsea has quickly gone from jubilation in winning the Premier League to fury over the club’s inconsistency in England’s top flight in 2018.

The Italian manager has surely been on the hot seat for much of the current campaign, Conte’s second in charge in London, which began with an unexpected home defeat to Burnley in August 2017.

One former Chelsea manager believes that it won’t be a certainty that Conte is exiled from the club though, particularly if the Blues can pull off a massive victory at the Camp Nou against Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League.

“If he gets Barcelona out of the Champions League, then it will be very difficult to replace him,” Ruud Gullit told Omnisport, speaking at the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards.

“He knows that, he knows also that the championship in England is difficult now to get. They know that as well.

“Manchester City have now won the EFL Cup so they have the confidence, it’s hard for them to lose any points [in the Premier League]… So the best thing is to focus yourself on the Champions League.”

Conte has been the subject of sacking rumors for several months now, however, owner Roman Abramovich and the club have opted to stick with the successful manager.

The 48-year-old has been linked with returning to Serie A or possibly the Italian national team as well, after talian Football Federation vice-president Alessandro Costacurta recently confirmed that Conte is on the shortlist to be named Azzurri boss after the European nation missed out on qualification to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.