Gianluca Vialli: Antonio Conte "looking forward" to leaving Chelsea

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Victory opened up an eight-point lead over fifth-placed Chelsea with just seven games of the Premier League campaign left to nearly set the seal on a third straight season of Champions League football to come at their new 62,000 capacity stadium.

The Italian managers future has been in doubt for a number of months, but despite this latest set back, he insists that he isn't anxious.

Willy Caballero, deputizing for the injured Thibaut Courtois, got a strong hand to the Dane's first warning shot. "We deserved to go in 2-0 up but football is this and Eriksen scored a fantastic goal", he said.

"Whether it's the [Italy] national team or Paris Saint-Germain, he'll find a place where he can start winning something important again", Vialli said. "The only way to win the confidence and trust from your manager is doing what he did today - scoring the goals and perform in the way that he did". While Caballero twice blocked Son Heung-min, Andreas Christensen failed to adequately clear and Alli pounced for his eighth goal of the season.

"We've thought it for six or seven months".

"He's a great talent, only 21, and sometimes we lose focus on that".

"It ends up becoming a bit messy, press conferences become the boardroom versus manager, it's happened here many, many times". We have a great side and we believe in ourselves.

Vialli is confident that Conte will be hot in demand when he leaves Stamford Bridge, claiming his exit was certain after Sunday's 3-1 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.

Rarely have I seen a Spurs player concern-trolled in the media the way Dele has over the past two weeks.

He said, 'No, I'm not anxious.

Perhaps Conte is right to suggest that "In our line of work, we always have a bag packed". This run of games, coupled with the dissent behind the curtains, has led to Conte's departure all but finalised come the season's end. He certainly silenced his critics at Stamford Bridge, at least for now.

He told Sky Sports: "I am sure people will still be disappointed with the way I have played, they will have plenty to say".

Chelsea and Conte are widely expected to part ways at the end of this season, amid escalating public tensions with the club hierarchy that date back to last summer's troubled transfer window.

"It was very hard to come back, it's a pity because we knew we had the chance to try to reduce the gap with Tottenham". Next up is the battle for the Champions League qualifying places.

"But it won't be easy, we know this".

The combined might of Eden Hazard, Willian, Alvaro Morata, Olivier Giroud and Cesc Fabregas just was met head on and nullified by Spurs' fantastic defending for the last 25 minutes of the game, before Andre Marriner finally put Chelsea out of their misery after 4 minutes of stoppage time.

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