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Gullit: “Conte can save job, if Chelsea beat Barca”

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Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit believes that Antonio Conte can secure his future at the club if they manage to beat Barcelona in the Champions League

Conte arrived at Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2016 and won the Premier League title in his first season in charge of Chelsea. However, things have not gone well for the Italian in his second season at the helm and there have been persistent rumours that his time at the club is now coming to an end.

Gullit, who himself was sacked by Chelsea back in 1998, believes that his former club have struggled for stability since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003. But the Dutchman is confident that Conte will remain the manager, should they defeat Barcelona.

“If he gets Barcelona out of the Champions League, then it will be very difficult to replace him,” Gullit told Omnisport (via AS).

“He knows that, he knows also that the championship in England is difficult now to get. They know that as well. Manchester City have now won the EFL Cup so they have the confidence, it’s hard for them to lose any points [in the Premier League]… So the best thing is to focus yourself on the Champions League.” said Gullit.

Chelsea will head into the second leg at the Nou Camp on the 14th of March with the scoreline level at 1-1. Conte’s side will need to find at least one goal to progress, as Barcelona currently have an away goal advantage from the first leg at Stamford Bridge.