Players must be responsible for Chelsea defeats - Cahill

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Conte guided Chelsea to the league title in his debut season but his future has repeatedly been questioned since losing to Burnley on the opening day of the current campaign. They are in the top four, the fifth round of the FA Cup and have a Champions League date with Barcelona on the horizon.

The obvious scapegoat at any club when things aren't going to plan is the manager - see Arsene Wenger at Arsenal as a case in point - yet at Chelsea there are a lot more pieces to this puzzle than your typical board and manager relationships.

"I think the Chelsea fans would welcome that if truth be known".

Whatever the speculation, Chelsea did not react well to it and players were perhaps unsettled by their manager's exit rumours.

It is said Conte chose to blast individual players in front of their team-mates in something he has never done before during his time in the job.

It has been a very hard start to the new year for Chelsea, with the team only winning TWO games since the turn of the year. Chelsea's former technical director Michael Emenalo resigned from his post back in November despite Roman Abramovich's pleas for him to stay.

Chelsea players have been given time off by their under-pressure manager Antonio Conte. Despite insisting he was "not worried" about being sacked, another successive loss could see the Italian's position become untenable at Stamford Bridge.

The 48-year-old also hinted he was open to talks over a new deal while "giving all of myself for this club".

He has, though, hinted that he is unhappy with the club's transfer policy despite signing Olivier Giroud, Ross Barkley and Emerson Palmieri during the January transfer window.

Chelsea were brighter after the restart but the numerical advantage often helped Watford out and they soon started to create chances, Deulofeu curling a shot wide before David Luiz, booked moments earlier, gifted possession to the hosts only for Richarlison to also narrowly miss the target.

"In this relationship battle there is only one victor, and he is calling for backing from the board, but I don't think he is going to get it". "We go on the PlayStation and I play as Watford, they play as Chelsea, and I always beat them!" Though the loss of star players to injuries can be a reason for the dip in form, they do have enough quality to get over teams like Watford and Bournemouth but the fact that they are struggling shows that they might need a few changes to save their season. But I'm not anxious.

Who do you think will be the next Blues boss if Conte is fired?