Conte tension with Chelsea rising


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has cut an increasingly frustrated figure in press conferences lately, and after last nights disappointing 2-1 Carabao Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal the Blues coach once again spoke about his clubs transfer policy.

The Blues have been linked with bargain-bin strikers such as Andy Carroll, Peter Crouch, and Ashley Barnes, while Roma's Edin Dzeko is the latest reported target.

A freakish Antonio Rudiger own goal and Granit Xhaka's poacher's finish sent the Gunners to Wembley, as Chelsea were unable to build upon a fantastic start afforded to them by Eden Hazard's seventh-minute opener.

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The Stamford Bridge owner is raging after Conte claimed that the club's signings this season were nothing to do with him.

"And I think he's been proved correct to a degree because when you win the title and then lose big players like Costa and Matic, you have to recruit to move forward because everyone else is doing that".

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"He has to work a lot but I am very happy for his game and for his effort".

Barkley, who had hamstring surgery past year, had not played a first-team game prior to coming on as a substitute during the Carabao Cup semi-final defeat at Arsenal. There is a programme and a plan.

Chelsea play Newcastle in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday before returning to Premier League action against Bournemouth next week.

"I don't like to speak about the transfer market, the club decides our transfer market, as I said before my task is to try to improve my players", he said.

"I continue to give everything for the club and the club makes the best decisions for the team".