Antonio Conte emerges as top candidate to replace Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho

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Italy coach Antonio Conte has reportedly moved to the top of Chelsea’s shortlist of replacements if they sack Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese tactician arguably faces a make-or-break clash with Porto in the Champions League this week, as a defeat to his former club could see the Premier League champions dumped out of the competition.

Coupled with their disastrous start to the domestic season which has left them in 14th place in the league table with 15 points from their 15 games so far this year, the pressure is certainly building on Mourinho to turn things around, and quickly.

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As a result, speculation has continued to link other coaches with his position should the Chelsea hierarchy opt to make a change, and according to The Independent, former Juventus boss Conte has emerged as a top target.

Conte guided the Bianconeri to three consecutive Serie A titles during a highly successful spell back in Turin, but has since taken over the reins as Azzurri boss and will lead his country to Euro 2016 next summer.

However, the 46-year-old is widely expected to leave his post after the tournament concludes with his contract set to expire, and so if he does become available then Chelsea are reportedly keen on exploring the possibility of him becoming manager next season.

As noted by The Independent though, the likes of Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti have also been linked with the role at Stamford Bridge, and so it remains to be seen where the Blues go if they decide that a change from Mourinho is necessary.

Chelsea face Porto at home on Tuesday night, while they will then prepare for a trip to face Premier League leaders Leicester City next Monday.

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