Chelsea suffered a humiliating defeat by Watford FC and Wayne Rooney said that Chelsea’s display at Vicarage Road on Monday was their worst he has seen them “for a long, long time.”
Antonio Conte’s side suffered a 4-1 lost which leaves Chelsea 19 points behind Manchester City and the manager’s job may be in danger.
The Italian manager has been in a war of words with the Chelsea board and Rooney suggested the club’s off-field issues could be having an impact on results.
“You’d like to think the problems with the board aren’t affecting players but that is not Chelsea,” Rooney said after the game.
“That is as bad a Chelsea performance I’ve seen for a long, long time.
“Chelsea are usually a clever team, tough to beat, you have to take your chances against them and they manage the game well. But tonight Watford were getting through so easily.’
“There’s a good chance he (Conte) could go before next MNF (Monday Night Football) because of Chelsea’s history of changing managers when they fear they won’t make the Champions League,’ he said.
“Conte said before he wants the owner and board to back him but Roman Abramovich hasn’t said anything since owning the club and it certainly won’t happen after tonight.
‘They’ve been found wanting – to lose 3-0 to Bournemouth and 4-1 to Watford is a shambles.
“Watford were by far the better team when it was 11v11. Chelsea never looked like scoring in the second half.
“It is nothing you associate with Conte teams. Is there discord between the manager and the players?”