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Antonio Conte: Chelsea manager to stay despite thrashing by Watford

Antonio Conte will not be sacked as Chelsea manager in the wake of their 4-1 thrashing defeat at the hands of Watford on Monday night.

Conte’s position was not discussed after the match, and expects to oversee the game against West Bromwich Albion next week.

The fact that Chelsea still remains in the top four of the Premier Leauge and are still in the running for both the Champions League and FA Cup were cited as reasons not to make a managerial change right now, while it was also understood that the Italian has since given his players three days off.

Conte also admitted his team had played “with fear” at Vicarage Road and rejected using injuries and fatigue as an excuse for their poor form, but conceded that an empty week is an opportunity to grant his players a rest amidst a busy schedule since the turn of the year.

With the defending champions are now fourth in the Premier League and 19 points behind leaders Manchester City, Conte said that “the club have to take another decision” if they think he is not doing a good enough job.

Still, there is support for the former Juventus coach as Blues captain Gary Cahill has voiced out his support for Conte, saying that the players needed to “look in the mirror” after the Blues’ second straight three-goal defeat.

“The manager has done an absolutely unbelievable job,” Cahill added. “This is the worst I’ve felt for quite a while. Performance-wise at Watford I didn’t recognise us or myself. It was abysmal. We just need to keep strong. I’ve been here before at this club: it’s about staying calm. But it hurts a lot when you come off after a performance like that.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea have denied reports in Spain that their director Marina Granovskaia has met the former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique about succeeding Conte and insist it remains business as usual at the club despite only two wins in 10 games since the turn of the year.

Transfer rumours: Ibe and Allen out, Gotze for Liverpool

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The transfer market is closed, but the rumours never stop; now, the headlines say that Jordan Ibe and Joe Allen would be leaving Liverpool while Mario Gotze is heading in.

Watford f.c., one of Liverpool’s opponents in the Premier League will be considering a summer move for the pair Liverpool players, as both had been experiencing frustrating times in Anfield.

Joe Allen, 26, will enter the final 12 months of his Liverpool contract this summer but there had been no talks for an extension so far. Initial discussions were held towards the end of last season, but there were no furtherance of new deals since Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers.

The former Swansea City midfielder has impressed when given the opportunity by Klopp but has started only 10 of the manager’s 38 games and has admitted he is fighting for his future alongside Jordan Ibe at Anfield.

Ibe has also been experiencing a season to forget at Liverpool. England under-21 manager, Gareth Southgate also claimed that the winger had suffered a loss of confidence following his dismissal against Switzerland on Sunday.

The 20-year-old likewise had been restricted to a very small role under Klopp.

With the German coach rubbing his hands in anticipation of the transfer market that opens in a few months, Watford would be interested in testing both Ibe’s and Allen’s resolve to remain at Anfield.

On the other hand, having already closed deals for Joel Matip and Marko Grujic, Jurgen Klopp would look to tempt his fellow countryman Mario Gotze to Merseyside. There is also something of insurance to a deal as Klopp had previously worked with the German World Cup winner in Dortmund.

Liverpool’s interest in the player is already keenly established by fans and the fact he has struggled to regain a starting place in Pep Guardiola’s Bayern team following a long-term hamstring injury has only increased the speculation.

But even German coach Joachim Low had been positive about Gotze’s determination to stay ahead and in the game, saying that the forward’s goal against Italy in a recent friendly would boost his confidence.

“Mario earned this [performance] himself,” Löw told reporters.

“I can understand why he may be playing less at Bayern at the moment because they have a great squad and he was injured for a long time.”

Either way, by summer, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool would look a very different team. He most certainly would not hold back make huge changes to his team roster ahead of his full season in charge of Anfield.