Antonio Conte has threatened to drop any Chelsea player that questions his decisions in a bid to halt a potential mutiny at the club.
The Blues are without a win in three matches in all competitions and let a two-goal lead slip against Roma at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Reports since the 3-3 draw have suggested that the Chelsea squad believe Conte is contributing to the club’s injury problems and David Luiz was visibly frustrated at being substitute during the game.
Staff at Stamford Bridge are said to be referring to Conte as a ‘dead man walking’ and believe he will be sacked before he can see out a second season at the club.
Player power forced Jose Mourinho out of the club during his second stint at Stamford Bridge and Conte is determined not to allow his players to dictate proceedings.
The Italian will not have his management undermined and has threatened to drop any Chelsea player that steps out of line, according to the Telegraph.
Injury problems certainly haven’t helped Conte and Cesc Fabregas may be Chelsea’s only fit central midfielder for today’s clash with Watford in west London.
The Blues need a win to close the gap on league leaders Manchester City to six points before Pep Guardiola’s men host Burnlet at the Etihad later in the day.