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Chelsea now reside in 4th place in the Premier League, and remain very much in the mix for a top four spot.

Who better to add some fire and steel to the Stamford Bridge mentality than Diego Simeone, who whilst now excelling at Atletico Madrid, is surely flashing brightly on Abramovich's radar and, we feel, that the Argentinian would love a crack at the Premier League. "We are talking about one of the best goalkeepers in the world".

Avram Grant, Roberto Di Matteo, Rafa Benitez and Guus Hiddink have all taken the reins of Chelsea on an interim basis in recent seasons following the dismissals of Jose Mourinho, Andres Villas Boas, Di Matteo himself and Jose Mourinho.

Reports in Italy, however, suggest Chelsea and Conte could part companies before June.

"I tried to warn everyone about the difficulty of our path in the league and Champions League", said the Italian, whose struggling side faces a tough last-16 tie against Barcelona in Europe's top European club competition later this month. "The club decide if they want to improve the squad and the team".

Yet, regardless of what happens, according to Matt Law writing in The Telegraph, Conte won't be sacked because of "player power".

Antonio Rudiger has described Chelsea FC signing Emerson Palmieri as a "good guy".

"I'm not anxious about my job", he told reporters Monday.

Conte also refused to accept injuries and fatigue are the reason for the stark difference in Chelsea's performances in results from his first season where they didn't have the distraction of European football.

But what would have hurt Conte most was Romelu Lukaku choosing United over a return to his former club. Diego Costa fell out Conte at the end of last season, and left for Atletico Madrid. He would perhaps be wondering if Michy Batshuayi - sent on loan to Borussia Dortmund and making an instant impact with two goals on his debut - could have made a difference. While David Luiz has rarely played in the past few months, after seemingly falling out with the former Juventus coach.

A decade or so on from that journey home from Portugal and some things have not changed at Chelsea. In the end, Chelsea had to scramble a move for Morata in what could be seen as a "panic buy", given the current situation.

Conte immediately responded by replacing Willian with Cesc Fabregas. But, considering various reports in England have claimed that Chelsea have not identified Conte's successor, it's probably worth taking this particular story with a pinch of salt.

Napoli's Maurizio Sarri and former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique are now the leading candidates to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea, but any change is still not expected to occur until the summer.