Antonio Conte and Roman Abramovich aren't talking at Chelsea

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Despite sitting in fourth in the Premier League, Chelsea have been far from convincing this season.

In recent weeks, the Blues have scraped wins against Watford, Everton in the Carabao Cup and Bournemouth with their performances being less than convincing.

It was only a matter of time before they got caught out.

And they did on Tuesday night against Roma in the Champions League.

Chelsea were 1-0 down inside a minute and eventually lost 3-0 as they dropped to second in the Champions League group.

After winning the league last season in emphatic fashion, there aren’t too many people calling for Conte’s head just yet. But just because you won the league in the previous campaign, it doesn’t mean your job is safe for the next few years - just look at Claudio Ranieri at Leicester.

And if anyone is willing to sack a manager prematurely, it's chairman Roman Abramovich.

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And with Chelsea stuttering through the season and Conte making noises about a possible return to Italy, it’s probably not too surprising to hear that Abramovich is looking for a new manager already.

That’s according to Marca, who have produced a report about the relationship between Conte and Abramovich.

Why Conte and Abramovich aren't talking

They claim that their relationship is so bad that they’re not even taking anymore.

Why?

Well, they believe that it all started with the saga surrounding Diego Costa. They report that their relationship was broken after Conte’s treatment of the striker in the summer and the Italian almost left the club as a result.

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And the situation hasn’t improved.

Conte is creating more tension because of his treatment of his players on the training ground - with many of them complaining of the heavy workload.

Conte is well aware that his days at Stamford Bridge are number edand that Abramovich is already looking for his successor. However, he’s keen to see out the rest of the season to finish what he started.

For now, though, all of his concerns are directed to Marina Granovskaia, the CEO of the club.

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