Recent reports have indicated that Luis Enrique is being lined up as Antonio Conte’s replacement, despite Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri being widely regarded as Roman Abramovich’s ‘dream choice’ for the top job at Chelsea. The Daily Telegraph’s Matt Law cited unnamed reports to claim that there is a verbal agreement between Enrique and Abramovich to take over Conte’s spot.
While Chelsea has had a rather disappointing run this season, this news is likely to improve betting interest in the club amongst punters, especially considering that punters can find all the football betting tips in one place through gambling portals on the internet. However, whether the deal actually goes through with the prospective manager is a matter that remains to be seen.
Enrique’s prolific record
With Sarri distancing himself as a prospect for Conte’s job when he told Media Premium that he is ready for another stint with the leaders of the Serie A, it is inevitable that Chelsea would want to chase the next best option, Enrique. Despite being second to Sarri, he boasts of an impressive record, winning six trophies with Barcelona including the coveted treble of Copa del Rey, UEFA Champions league and La Liga in 2015. He was succeeded by Ernesto Valvedere in 2017, despite his impressive performance in the prior season, guiding the team to win the Copa Del Rey and the league cup.
In his report, Law revealed how the ex-Barcelona player is all ready to make the move to England, exhibiting a keen interest to prove his mettle in the Premier League. The change of guard, however, is not expected to take place until the summer, as he would like to bring his old coaching assistants along with him to London.
A new style in the offing
Amongst the proposed picks for his staff Enrique is expected to approach Juan Carlos Unzue, Celta Vigo’s manager, however commentators believe that the latter will not make the shift to the Premier League. Another prospective manager for Chelsea in Law’s report is Thomas Tuchel, the former manager for Borussia Dortmund who was shown the door in a rather controversial manner. This controversy is likely to have a bearing on the final decision taking by Chelsea’s board over a choice between Tuchel and Enrique.
It is interesting to note that the three contenders for the job are known for an aggressive, attacking style of football in contrast to the incumbent Conte. He has often been criticised for his pragmatic approach towards the game, since he chooses to adopt a safer, more reserved style for Chelsea’s squad. Conte’s troubles have only worsened after losing two matches in a row against Bournemouth and Watford, leaving the Blues stuck on the fourth spot on the table.
Even though the club has shown a disappointing performance in recent games West Londoners are not yet keen on removing the manager. Any decision in this regard is likely to be influenced €30 million release clause in Conte’s contract, which would have to be paid to him if he’s let go right now.