Chelsea stunned 3-0 at home by buoyant Bournemouth

Chelsea stunned 3-0 at home by buoyant Bournemouth

Chelsea stunned 3-0 at home by buoyant Bournemouth

Although he has consistently praised his squad for their efforts, Conte cut an annoyed figure in several trainings sessions in January and has been overheard sounding off at his staff at Chelsea's Cobham base.

Premier League champions Chelsea were left embarrassed as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday evening.

It was a second loss in three games for the champions and dropped them to fourth in the Premier League.

However, it is Conte's antagonistic approach that is putting the backs up of the club's management and I understand some sections of the hierarchy at Stamford Bridge would have few qualms about finding a replacement before the end of the season.

The manager said he had predicted this would prove a "difficult night", with preparations disrupted by Michy Batshuayi's departure for Borussia Dortmund but refused to cite excuses.

"Full credit to the players: Chelsea are an outstanding team, but we defended very well, attacked with objective, and the shape and balance were very good". "We are giving 120 per cent". But we must be anxious [about finishing in the top four]. We must be prepared to fight and ready to do this. Chelsea are two points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who are outside the Champions League qualifying positions in fifth.

"He's a young player without great global experience". We have to accept it's a bad result and understand that we have to fight this season. And the club gave me this opportunity with Giroud. I hope to be able to solve his situation.

Eddie Howe claimed Bournemouth's performance in the 3-0 victory at Chelsea was their best since arriving in the Premier League.

'My will and desire is to stay here and continue to work. The Cherries showed their intent in the early stages, pushing Wilson, Stanislas and Jordon Ibe forward and looking to feed their attacking trio on the counter-attack. I want to score as many goals as I can to help the team to always reach our target and to be as decisive as I possibly can be.

It strikes me that this is a very similar situation to what happened to Batshuayi's Belgian global teammate, Romelu Lukaku at the Stamford Bridge club.

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