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Will Chelsea boss Antonio Conte become the latest manager to fall foul of the Premier League champions curse… following in the footsteps of Jose Mourinho and Claudio Ranieri

Blues chief is already under pressure in 2017-18 just months after winning the title, following three losses in eight games

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could become the latest manager to fall foul of the Premier League champions curse.

In the past two seasons, the league-winning head coach has been given the boot just months after getting his hands on the trophy.

Antonio Conte is facing the sack at Chelsea after a poor start to 2017-18

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Antonio Conte is facing the sack at Chelsea after a poor start to 2017-18

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Jose Mourinho led Chelsea to the Premier League crown in the 2014-15 season… only to be sacked in December, just months later.

Meanwhile, just nine months after leading Leicester to the most incredible of all Premier League title wins, boss Claudio Ranieri was given the boot.

Another manager to go through the peaks and troughs of English top-flight management was Roberto Mancini.

The Italian won the league with Manchester City in 2011-12, only to be sacked the following season.

Antonio Conte is only five months removed from winning the Premier League

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Antonio Conte is only five months removed from winning the Premier League

Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in the December after winning the Premier League title in the 2014-15 season

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Jose Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in the December after winning the Premier League title in the 2014-15 season

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Back to the present day and Conte is under increasing pressure at Stamford Bridge after three losses in the first eight games of the Prem season.

The Blues have lost their last two games – 1-0 against Man City and 2-1 against previously win-less and goalless Crystal Palace.

On top of that, Chelsea lost their season opener 3-2 at home to Burnley.

The West Londoners sit fifth in the league table, an incredible NINE points adrift of leaders Man City already.

Jose Mourinho had won the 2014-15 league title with Chelsea, prior to his sacking

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Jose Mourinho had won the 2014-15 league title with Chelsea, prior to his sacking

Chelsea lost 2-1 in their last game against struggling Crystal Palace

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Chelsea lost 2-1 in their last game against struggling Crystal Palace

Claudio Ranieri was given the boot nine months after leading 5,000/1 shot Leicester to the league title in the 2015-16 season

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Claudio Ranieri was given the boot nine months after leading 5,000/1 shot Leicester to the league title in the 2015-16 season

On top of that, the Blues have a goal difference of just +5, miles behind City’s tally of +25 and Manchester United’s +19.

This weekend, Chelsea host Watford – currently above the Blues in fourth and enjoying the best-ever start to a Premier League season – with plenty on the line.

The good news for Conte is this: The Hornets haven’t beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge since a 5-1 demolition job in 1985-86.

Claudio Ranieri won the league with Leicester, only to be sacked within a year

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Claudio Ranieri won the league with Leicester, only to be sacked within a year

Chelsea have struggled this season with three losses in just eight games

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Chelsea have struggled this season with three losses in just eight games

More recently, the Blues have won nine and drawn three of their last 12 clashes with Watford.

However, at 12/1, Conte is the FIFTH-favourite to be sacked next, behind strugglers Ronald Koeman, Sean Dyche, Slaven Bilic and Mauricio Pellegrino.

A loss to Watford and Conte COULD become the third straight manager in a row to win the Premier League… and then be given the boot almost immediately.


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