‘I was fooled’ – Former Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi slams Antonio Conte

Chelsea former striker Mitchy Batshuayi says he was played by former blues boss Antonio Conte.

‘I was fooled’ – Former Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi slams Antonio Conte

Michy Batshuayi has hit out at his former Chelsea manager
Antonio Conte for signing him under false pretences.
The striker moved to Stamford Bridge in 2016 in a deal worth
£35million, after an impressive spell at Marseille where he
earned comparisons to Blues legend Didier Drogba .
However, over a six-year spell Batshuayi struggled to establish
himself as a regular in Chelsea’s starting XI, scoring 25 goals
in 77 games across all competitions.
He instead spent much of his time out on loan, with varying
degrees of success, playing for Dortmund, Valencia , Crystal
Palace and Besiktas.

There were some high points however, including scoring the
goal that clinched the 2016/17 Premier League title for
Conte’s side as well as an FA Cup triumph the following
season.

Over the summer the 28-year-old finally parted ways with
Chelsea for good, joining Turkish side Fenerbahce, and has
now opened up about his time in west London.
And the Belgian international has revealed that he felt
betrayed by Conte after the Italian promised to play him in a
certain formation, only to unexpectedly change his tactics.

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‘Conte was constantly contradicting himself,’ Batshuayi told
Sport.
‘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.

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‘I do not understand. The truth is that I have been fooled far
too often.’
It is true that throughout much of his career Conte has
deployed a 3-5-2 formation, but at Chelsea he favoured a
3-4-3, with Costa supported by wingers Eden Hazard and
Willian during the title-winning campaign.
And even though Costa was sold the following season,
Batshuayi remained on the fringes of the team after Chelsea
splashed the cash to sign two new strikers in Alvaro Morata
and Olivier Giroud.

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