Antonio Conte's fate at Chelsea has been the subject of much discussion in recent weeks. Speculation about his future intensified after a dismal display at the Nou Camp, but his team bounced back in the FA Cup. Chelsea fought all the way to the end to secure a 2-1 extra time win against Leicester, securing a spot in the semis.
It was an admirable display after their Barcelona blow out and it eased the pressure on their manager. It is still very unlikely that Conte will be in charge beyond the end of the season, but he will want to go out on a high. The FA Cup represents his only chance of doing just that.
Conte: Chelsea Showed Desire
In his post Leicester match press conference Conte revealed his delight with his team's performance. He stated: “We must be pleased for the character we showed in this game against a really good team. Don't forget, in the last game at home we suffered a lot against Leicester.”
“They're a really good team with great players and great talent. After a game in the Champions League, it wasn't easy for us to play 120 minutes in this way. Tonight we fought a lot. We fought a lot against Leicester. We showed a great desire and will to fight and to go to reach the semi-finals. Now we go for the second time in a row to Wembley.”
The Long Goodbye
One of the worst kept secrets in the EPL is the frosty relationship that exists between Conte and his Chairman. Roman Abramovich's refusal to strengthen last summer and the sale of Matic clearly grated with Conte, and he hasn't concealed his displeasure.
That approach rarely ends well for the manager when Abramovich is in charge and not even an FA Cup win would be enough for Conte to keep his job. If he does part ways with Chelsea he will be in high demand, with PSG already sniffing around the Italian. If they do get him, it will be their gain and Chelsea's loss.