As Chelsea look to offload former Juventus manager Antonio Conte from their ranks, to bring in Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri, new developments have suggested that sacking Conte could cost Chelsea big money.
As Conte has a year remaining on his Chelsea contract, he would be owed £9 million, a figure that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is not willing to pay. According to reports from the Daily Star, Abramovich has his lawyers working on how to reduce the cost.
The reports suggest that Abramovich and his legal team could cite the sale of Diego Costa as cause for damages, thus decreasing the amount due to Conte should Chelsea sack him.
Furthermore, according to TuttoSport, Conte has made contact with Real Madrid, PSG and was lined up for Inter Milan if they were to fail to attain Champions League football. Once he departs Chelsea, he will consider his next move but will be in no rush to sign straight away.
Why Antonio Rudiger isn’t to blame for Germany’s defensive horror show against Sweden
Some say it’s the sign of a true champion, but Germany’s last-gasp victory over Sweden did little to assure football fans around the world that they have what it takes to go all the way.
While three points has put their fate back in German hands, it was a far from unconvincing display.
What was once such a well-oiled machine based on team play and efficient working, the performances we’ve seen so far in this World Cup have been based more around individual stars gone rogue.
Several players have been criticised for their poor performances over the last two games, none more-so than Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger.
The entire German defence came in for criticism, but for Rudiger the negative feedback was somewhat harsh.
Germany’s tactical plan was non-existent for large spells. While Sweden set up with two solid banks of four, Joachim Low’s side went all-out to try and overwhelm the Swedes with their tactical fluidity.
On several occasions, Rudiger found himself playing almost as a lone defender while Jerome Boateng, Joshua Kimmich and Jonas Hector joined up with Toni Kroos in midfield – leaving Germany hugely exposed in the process.
It was no coincidence that Sweden found it so easy to create chances on the counter-attack, as one simple ball in behind was often enough to get the German defence floundering.
As for Rudiger, he was left with the thankless task of covering for his teammates as they ventured upfield in search of a goal – leaving him to chase shadows over the course of the 90 minutes – something which, in fairness to him, was not of his own doing.
If Germany are to go all the way in this World Cup it is imperative that they correct their defensive approach, as that is now two games where they’ve been completely overrun in their own quarters.
The two sides who they’ve faced so far, Mexico and Sweden, are both decent teams but Germany will face much stronger and more potent attacking forces during the rest of the competition, meaning that if their issues are not addressed, they could find themselves on the receiving end of a heavy defeat.