Babayaro's ex-boss Vialli on why Chelsea should retain Conte

EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 19/05/2018

Former Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli who played with and managed Super Eagles legend Celestine Babayaro between 1997-2000 at Stamford Bridge has warned his former employers of the danger of parting company with their current boss manager Conte.

Vialli who was managing a Chelsea Legends side against an Inter Forever team in memory of Ray Wilkins alongside the former Nigeria international during their time at the West London outfit won the FA Cup, League Cup, FA Charity Shield, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and the UEFA Super Cup during his two years managerial spell (1998-2000).

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Conte leads Victor Moses and his team-mates out at Wembley on Saturday for the FA Cup final against Manchester United with speculation growing it could be his last game in charge of the Blues but Vialli believes his compatriot has done well at Stamford Bridge and should not be sacked.

"If I was Antonio I would think twice about leaving Chelsea if I was Chelsea I would think three times about letting Antonio go," he told Sky Sports News. "It's a good match and I hope it will continue.

"I think he has done incredibly well last season, winning the championship [Premier League] which is always complicated in a competition which has six or seven clubs capable of winning.

"The competition is incredibly tough but he managed to do it in a great manner. The season after you win the championship is always more complicated. The competition are hungrier and stronger, so I think he did everything possible this season.

"They did extremely well in the Champions League until getting knocked out by, I would not say Barcelona but Lionel Messi. If he had been playing for Chelsea it would have been 5-0 both times to Chelsea.

"Getting to the final of the FA Cup is a massive achievement, so overall he is going great and I hope it continues." The Italian told Sky Sports

Friday's charity match at Stamford Bridge saw Inter Forever win 4-1 with goals from Roberto Di Matteo, Gianfranco Zola and Marcel Desailly.