Antonio Conte praises potential Chelsea replacement Luis Enrique

Antonio Conte endorses Luis Enrique as his Chelsea replacement
The Italian says there’d be no hard feelings if Enrique ended up in the Chelsea dugout (Picture: Getty)

Antonio Conte has spoken in glowing terms about former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, the man Chelsea want to replace him with if results do not improve.

Conte is under increasing pressure at Stamford Bridge after losing back-to-back Premier League matches against Bournemouth and Watford, conceding seven goals against the relegation battling sides in the process.

Owner Roman Abramovich is expected to give Conte a stay of execution until after the upcoming Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona, though could pull the trigger if they lose to West Brom on Monday night.

Antonio Conte endorses Luis Enrique as his Chelsea replacement
Enrique won the Champions League with Barca and is Chelsea’s top target (Picture: Getty)

Luis Enrique is believed to be top of Chelsea’s wish list to replace Conte, though he is not thought to want the job until the summer when he can be reunited with his coaching staff.

Conte knows the Spaniard well from his time in charge of Roma in the 2011-12 season, and, despite bring in the running to replace him at Chelsea, has huge admiration for him.

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The Italian said: ‘We played against each other and he’s a really good person. I have great admiration for Luis Enrique and he is a fantastic coach.

‘He reached his targets with Barcelona, and also with Roma, you could see a well-organised team. I can speak about him very well, as a person and a coach.’

Antonio Conte endorses Luis Enrique as his Chelsea replacement
Enrique and Conte shared a touchline when they were in charge of Rom and Juve (Picture: Getty)

Conte also claims he has no hard feelings about Enrique being linked with his job, adding: ‘We do this job, and our job is not difficult, but you must be open and understand the situation can change. A club can take different decisions.

‘It’s the same for me. But, I repeat, I’m not jealous or envious of other managers. Everyone knows his job, his work. I have, usually, a great respect.’

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