Essien Urges Chelsea …To Keep Faith With Conte

Antonio Conte said Chelsea will be underdogs against Manchester United in the FA Cup final. – AFP
Antonio Conte said Chelsea will be underdogs against Manchester United in the FA Cup final. – AFP

29 April, 2018

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits it has not been easy replacing former captain John Terry's leadership skills within the club, but still feels new skipper Gary Cahill has the right experience to have a great World Cup with England.

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Cahill remains Chelsea's captain, a role he took on full-time following John Terry's departure past year and Conte suggested a period of adjustment has been necessary in the club icon's absence.

Despite Chelsea reaching the FA Cup final, manager Antonio Conte is set for the sack this summer. He's in good physical condition.

Should Chelsea somehow succeed in overhauling Tottenham - who also have four games remaining - or indeed third-place Liverpool who have played a game more but have an eight point advantage over the Blues, Conte would be feted a hero once more.

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Luiz held a big birthday bash in London earlier this week to celebrate turning 31, which was attended by several of the Chelsea players. I think we are talking about an important player for the national team.

With Champions League qualification unlikely this season there could be a number of high-profile exits at Stamford Bridge this summer.

"I know when you have to go to play a World Cup or European Championship, it's important to have players with great experience because the pressure will become very strong for everyone".

Former Ghana global Essien spent the best part of nine years at Chelsea between 2005 and 2014, winning two Premier League titles and the Champions League in 2012.

"He had this problem in his knee, but he is working very hard and I think he is aiming to come back before the end of the season", the Italian coach added.

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