ANTONIO CONTE has put a “disease” into the mind of his Chelsea players.
That’s the view of former Arsenal striker Ian Wright who was speaking on Sky Sports show The Debate.
Chelsea drew 1-1 with Barcelona at Stamford Bridge in an enthralling first leg of their Champions League tie yesterday.
But the Blues should have really won the game and Wright believes Conte is to blame for his team’s lack of winning mentality.
“It’s all been brought on by Conte,” the Arsenal legend said.
“He’s not got what he wanted and almost thrown his toys out of the pram a little bit.
“In some ways that has got to the players because he’s almost saying ‘you’re not good enough for what I want to do’.
“Something has seeped into the players because when you reel off the names of the teams that have beaten Chelsea, with no disrespect, Chelsea should have beaten them.
“It has been brought on by the manager. He has, for want of a better word, put that disease into the squad and their minds are not right.
“They should have beaten all those teams. They have shown against Barcelona they can defend so well and it was a mistake that cost them in the end.
“That team is much better than they are proving at the minute.”
Willian had given the Blues the lead before Lionel Messi capitalised on a mistake by Andreas Christensen to give Barca a crucial away goal.
Chelsea’s next test is against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday (2.05pm)