Sky Sports report that the FA Commission responsible are unlikely to decide to give Chelsea a points deduction for their role in failing to control their players in the fracas. It is believed that as Sergio Aguero’s tackle on David Luiz sparked the violent scenes, Chelsea will be let off with a hefty fine to pay.
A points deduction remains a possibility as this is the fifth time in less than two years that Chelsea have been charged with failing to control their players, but the panel will meet in the coming days to decide the fate and are not expected to give the harshest possible sentence.
Another boost for Antonio Conte will come in that Gazzetta dello Sporto (via the Daily Express) claim that Inter Milan are considering allowing Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic to leave the club in order to help them fulfill the financial fair play awards which affect them. The central midfielder is expected to fetch around £20 million if put on the market.
With four goals and two assists in 12 appearances this season, it is clear that the 24-year-old, who wears the number 77 for his club, offers a threat going forwards as well as in his more usual defensive roles for the team who sit in ninth place under Stefano Pioli following Frank De Boer’s sacking.
There is also another option for Antonio Conte to consider as Brazilian striker Kenedy has returned to the club after an unsuccessful loan spell at Watford, which Watford boss summarised by saying:
“Kenedy went back to Chelsea. He was a player we never had time to evaluate because he was injured the whole time.”
The 20-year-old played just 15 minutes of Premier League action for the Hornets before picking up a serious knee injury which has now seen him sent back to Stamford Bridge for rehabilitation.
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