Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958 after they were beaten 1-0 across their two-legged play-off match with Sweden, and Chelsea fans are worried that the Azzurri could target Antonio Conte to replace Gian Piero Ventura.
The Italians failed to find the breakthrough they needed at the San Siro on Monday night to ensure they went to Russia next summer, with the goalless draw enough to eliminate them from the competition following Sweden’s 1-0 win on Friday.
While Ventura has yet to be fired it seems almost inevitable that it will happen, and Italy could look to target Blues boss Conte following his successful spell in charge of the national team previously – he led them to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.
Chelsea supporters were quick to have their say on the future of the 48-year-old via social media, with one saying ‘Italy will want Conte back’, and another saying they hope the Italian federation “doesn’t come knocking on Roman’s door”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
All these big fools who wanted Conte to get sacked few weeks ago.. look what happened to Italy after Conte left. And Ventura had a better sqaud than Conte. Same thing might happen to Chelsea if Conte leaves. Learn to appreciate greatness #CFC
— Hazard (@mballack_) November 14, 2017
Headline in the press over the next few days will undoubtedly be about Italy wanting Conte back as coach #CFC
— Thomas Hoskins ⭐ (@RealTomHoskins) November 13, 2017
#cfc if Italy don't get through tonight I hope the federation doesn't come knocking on Roman's door asking about Conte.
— malsimonofeurope (@opheliasbrother) November 13, 2017
You're not getting a Conte back! Manager resigned yet?
— Kevin Donnelly (@cdr9697) November 14, 2017
As a chelsea fan i know conte likes a hard task and I cant imagine a bigger one than Italy right now. Wouldnt mind to see him go back.
— steve (@stevensevoo) November 13, 2017