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What Chelsea players are doing behind Antonio Conte's back is extremely concerning

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In the last three-and-a-half years, the life of Chelsea's managers has certainly been a mixed bag.

Jose Mourinho famously guided the Blues back to the summit of the Premier League in 2014/15, before a disastrous start to the following campaign saw him removed from his post and temporarily replaced by Guus Hiddink.

After finishing 10th in 2015/16, Roman Abramovich went all out to hire former Juventus manager Antonio Conte.

In 2016/17, the hiring proved to be a masterstroke as the Blues cruised to yet another Premier League title, aided by the fact that they did not have European football.

But, in typical Chelsea fashion, the campaign after a title success has not been too good, with Conte's long-term future at the club up in the air.

A 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace was followed up by a 3-3 draw at home to Roma and on Saturday versus Watford, it looked like it was about to get worse.

The Hornets took a deserved 2-1 lead at Stamford Bridge but somehow, mainly due to Michy Batshuayi, the Blues pulled off a brilliant comeback, winning 4-2.

Afterwards, Conte was quick to reassure the media that everything was well at the club, saying: “Honestly, I am not worried, I am very honest. I don’t feel this type of pressure.”

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But, all is not well in west London and a revelation by The Sun only further enforces this theory.

Apparently, Chelsea players are not happy with how things are being conducted by Conte and are now going behind his back to message his former number two, Steve Holland.

He was seen as the go-between for the players and manager since 2011, but without him, communication has broken down.

The star-studded squad have apparently also suggested that the muscle injuries picked up by Victor Moses, N'Golo Kante and Alvaro Morata are due to Conte's intense training regime.

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LACK OF COMMUNICATION NOT HELPING WITH INJURIES

The manager's new number two Davide Mazzotta has been unable to establish a connection with the players, something which may help eradicate their injury woes.

Something needs to be done soon, because if not, it could lead to a player revolt, which occurred under Mourinho.

Nevertheless, Thibaut Courtois told the Standard that the players are still behind the coach: “We are ready to fight for the coach.

"I remember what happened two years ago under Jose Mourinho and things started to be said, there were stories about the dressing room without knowing what was happening."

There are sure to be several developments related to this story in the coming days.

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