Ex-Arsenal man on why Chelsea target would guarantee success

Ruben Hill
February 18, 2018

The European giants face each other yet again in the Champions League, this time with a place in the quarter-finals at stake.

Conte is under pressure following a disappointing defence of their Premier League title, with some reports suggesting he could be shown the door if the Blues are bundled out of the Champions League by Barcelona.

With this in mind, one has to feel for the Italian given the significance of whatever he achieves this season will pale in comparison to that of his relationship with Roman Abramovich.

And the veteran playmaker reckons Enrique would easily be able to replicate his Spanish success at Chelsea, with Barcelona predecessor Pep Guardiola implementing the Nou Camp brand of football at Man City in fine style.

Conte remains hugely popular among the Blues faithful, but even the most steadfast of his supporters may take comfort from such glowing endorsements of one of his potential replacements.

Spaniard Iniesta added that Enrique's "excellent" reputation as a coach would set him up for success at any Premier League club.

When speaking to ESPN FC, ex-Chelsea defender Ferrer believes that due to Enrique's credentials and style, his Spanish compatriot would be the ideal man to manage the club. 'I think it's similar to what you're seeing with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

"He has been learning English for a while, and he has told me in the past that he has a fascination with the Premier League, but his future is not determined yet".

Enrique chose to bow out of Camp Nou as Barcelona manager last season has been in speculation about continuing his career in the Premier League. I always say: "Be careful what you wish for". He is used to it.

"I will not talk more about the subject of Luis Enrique and Chelsea", declared Unzue yesterday.

"He has proved himself already. I think he would do well". Alvaro Morata or Andreas Christensen?

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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