Antonio Conte won’t be in the brightest of moods going into Sunday’s Premier League encounter against United. An embarrassing 3-0 showing against Roma on Tuesday in the Champions League hasn’t sat well with the Italian boss.
This is another one in a string of underwhelming performances from the reigning English champions. Upon returning from Rome, Conte was swift to give his lads a piece of his mind. It seems that one player’s antics during the talk might prove fatal for his career at Stamford Bridge.
As per Telegraph, youngster Kenedy was caught yawning by Conte, and was lashed out at for the gesture. The 21-year-old is deployed both as a winger and a wing-back, and has courted controversy before.
During the club’s pre-season tour to China and Singapore, Kenedy was sent back due to his controversial social media posts which had racial undertones to them. The London club had to issue apologies for the player’s actions.
Since then, he has worked hard and found himself back into Conte’s good books, and has therefore been included into the Chelsea first team. During their Carabao Cup clash against Nottingham Forest, the player even found the back of the net, and was instrumental in the victory. On Tuesday, he was an unused substitute.
However, that in no way justified his yawning during the serious speech, and Conte was strong in his reply. Owing to the player’s past, one shouldn’t be surprised if this means the end of his playing, and pretty much his entire career with the club itself.
The same source also claimed that David Luiz too, was reprimanded in the meeting, for complaining due to being subbed off in Rome. Charly Musonda’s controversial Instagram post about lack of game time was also brought up by Conte.
All in all, it is certain that the man is in no mood for mistakes or anger from his players. Going into Sunday’s encounter, he will be hoping they secure a victory, both for his and their futures.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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