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30 April, 2018, 01:25 | Author: Laura Christensen
  • Gary Cahill of Chelsea confronts the linesman during the Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium

Speaking to reporters at Cobham on Friday, Conte said of the defender: "I don't know, I don't know". Lack of inspired leadership has been a big part problem, but a solution may have already presented itself to the Italian - Gary Cahill. The Clarets subsequently charged into what proved to be an irretrievable 3-0 lead and the fingers of blame pointed squarely at the skipper.

Conte's future remains unclear, with Chelsea still in with an outside shot of finishing in the top-four and lifting the FA Cup, and if he does end up sticking around, it will spell the end of Luiz's second spell at the club.

Despite this error, Conte persisted with Christensen in the away Premier League games with Manchester United and Manchester City which followed.

Antonio Conte has backed Gary Cahill to force his way back into the England squad in time for this summer's World Cup, saying that the Chelsea captain deserves to be on the plane to Russian Federation. I think Gary developed a lot this year'. He now faces the task of having to prove himself once again if he is to make the squad for Russian Federation. The centre-back will also be hoping to be available for Brazil's squad selection for the World Cup in June.

Chelsea are set for a spot in next season's Europa League, with the Blues fifth in the Premier League.

Despite their travails this season, there is still plenty to play for as Conte's side are within touching distance Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the Champions League spots.

"Cahill deserves to be [at the World Cup], because he's playing well".



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