ANTONIO CONTE will spend the following week urging Chelsea’s prime brass to spend large… or threat a season with out silverware.
The Blues boss has already all however given up on retaining the title after Saturday’s goalless draw at Goodison left them 16 factors behind champs-in-all-but-name Manchester Metropolis.
But a Champions League last-16 showdown with Barcelona means they may want all fingers to the pump.
Throw in an FA Cup third spherical journey to Norwich that’s not precisely a gimme, plus a two-legged Carabao Cup semi-final towards Arsenal, and their squad actually does start to look a bit threadbare.
Final summer season Conte missed out on Romelu Lukaku earlier than signing Alvaro Morata as a substitute.
And Danny Drinkwater and Timoue Bakayoko have each fallen wanting changing Nemanja Matic.
Doubts over the Italian’s personal Stamford Bridge future muddied the waters additional — but now he is able to urge the board to maneuver swiftly and strengthen sharpish.
Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey Butler is a prime goal, together with Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and Ross Barkley, the Everton star he agonisingly did not land final time round.
After seeing Chelsea’s fallen heroes miss out on a win regardless of dominating at Everton, Conte — whose aspect face Brighton in the present day — did his finest to maintain a lid on his true emotions.
However there was no doubting he fears the worst if the numbers don’t improve — and the Italian hinted at that reality as he surveyed the months forward.
Conte admitted: “It’s not the precise time now to speak about who we’ll signal and I don’t need to have this dialog in public.
“I’m very joyful to work with my gamers, and if then if the squad is sufficiently big to play all these video games in all competitions, solely time will inform.
“I feel this consideration have to be carried out with the membership. I need to say it to them in the precise second, in the precise place.
“I’ll give my opinion after I communicate with the membership, I’ll inform them.
“However in the long run the membership has all the time the final phrase – like in the summertime, like final season, and will probably be the identical in January. Then we’ll divide the duty with me and with the membership…we’ll do it collectively.
“We’ve to attempt to work with the squad we now have. We’re preventing for one of the best place within the league, for the Champions League and the Carabao Cup. We are going to see.”