Chelsea to consider new style of manager with Antonio Conte's replacement


Burnley were 2-1 winners against Leicester City at Turf Moor last weekend to move to within two points of sixth-placed Arsenal.

He is in line to replace Marcos Alonso, who could face a three-match ban after being retrospectively charged by the Football Association with violent conduct following a challenge on Shane Long during Saturday's league win at Southampton.

Chelsea's bid for a top four spot could become goes through Lancashire on Thursday and after Spurs dropped points at Brighton on Tuesday, it's now or never for the Blues.

"Manchester City is one club that can continue to dominate, to win, not only in England, but also to fight for the Champions League", Conte told reporters ahead of Chelsea's league trip to Burnley tomorrow.

"Tomorrow for example, we have an important game against Burnley, against a really strong team and they are having a fantastic season".

"Don't forget, in England you start to play in November before the worldwide break and you play until March, every three days".

Sky Sports News understands the FA, Premier League and EFL are close to an agreement that will see each team receive a minimum 13-day break in January and February 2020.

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Burnley will still be without defender Ben Mee and winger Scott Arfield.

Chelsea haven't lost both league meetings in a season against Burnley since the 1968-69 campaign.

Danny Drinkwater is a doubt for Thursday's game because of a groin injury.

But with Alonso set to miss out against Burnley, Conte has confirmed that the 23-year-old will start but admits the Brazilian may be short of fitness to feature in the FA Cup semi-final against Southampton on Sunday.

"I think Burnley are ridiculous odds to beat Chelsea here".

Sam Vokes scored twice at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture - no player has ever scored at least twice in two Premier League meetings against the Blues within the same season.