Former Chelsea striker Mitchy Batshuayi talks about former boss Antonio Conte.
Michy Batshuayi has launched an attack on Antonio Conte for
the treatment he received under the Italian’s stewardship at
Chelsea. The 28-year-old striker joined the west Londoners
just days into the former Blues boss’ tenure and he was
promised a starring role alongside Diego Costa.
However, despite the Tottenham boss’ promise to operate a
two-man strike force, Batshuayi played second-fiddle to the
Spaniard and was often relegated to the bench. He struggled
to pick up any momentum, featuring just 53 times for Chelsea
during Conte’s reign where he averaged only 33.4 minutes a
And, after having only just left the Blues on a permanent
move this summer after several loans, Batshuayi has accused
Conte of fooling him into join the west Londoners in 2016.
The Belgian was one of the Italian’s first signings at Chelsea
and reportedly went to great lengths to sign the striker he
would later snub.
Speaking to Sport magazine, Batshuayi said: “Conte was
constantly contradicting himself. To start with my arrival, he
called me and explained his project.
“He wanted me to play in a two-man frontline alongside
Diego Costa. Did I believe that? Of course, because Conte
has played with two attackers all his career. Except at
Chelsea with me. I do not understand. The truth is that I have
been fooled far too often.”
With Batshuayi on the sidelines during his time at Chelsea,
Stamford Bridge staged one of the greatest strikers in the
club’s – and Premier League’s – history. While the Belgian was
on the bench, Costa guided the Blues to two Premier League
titles and a League Cup.
He scored 59 goals in 120 games for the west Londoners,
providing 23 assists in the meantime too. However, despite
Costa’s cult-hero status, it was Batshuayi who scored the
Premier League title winning goal against West Bromwich