Incredible isn't it. It's like they have a team that will only play when they feel like it.
Since Abramovich bought the club they're success has been built on a handful of world class players playing brilliantly week in week out. At this moment in time they probably have as few essential players in their lineup as they've ever had during their big money, buy the title era. In that context the sale of Diego Costa still perplexes me.
Things definitely starting to crumble there. Sure, they've had managers sacked mid season and all that before but this 'crisis' seems to have been the first instilled from individuals above the manager's office. It's a top down crisis and not manager induced and it's hard to see Conte getting out of this. I mean just look at their recent transfer activity. No one, not even Liverpool's transfer committee, would dare have bought players like Drinkwater and Barkley. Perhaps they've finally realised that, thanks to the inflated transfer market caused by the two Manchester clubs, they don't have the finances to compete. They've been usurped and suddenly have found themselves shopping in ALDI instead of Waitrose...like most clubs.
Yea. They lost Costa & Matic, and Bakayoko and Morata aren't as good. Terrys gone. Some more ropey signings like you say.
With Morata injured, tho he's not prolific, they play better with him up there. And like us if Firmino got injured, they don't have good backup - they have Giroud now, but don't think Conte is happy with the business they've done.
Still - they have a lot of good players, Hazard/Willian/Christiansen/Courtois/Kante/Azpeluceta/Alonzo/etc. BUT .. it's happened in seasons before that once things start to 'go bad' it can be hard to reverse. Will see I guess. Conte looks pissed off enough to me. Though he says he's not going to walk. Won't take many more bad results though and he might get a shove..