At the very least, nobody at Chelsea can say Antonio Conte didn’t warn them this kind of situation was possible. The manager had gone to the club hierarchy before the season began and implored them to greatly lift and broaden “the Champions League level” of the squad, especially in a season with so many more
The Brazil international swapped Liverpool for Catalonia earlier in the transfer window. Barca were desperate to secure his signature in the summer. However, the Reds dug their heels in and refused to part with their prized asset. But after continued pressure from player and club, Liverpool relented and eventually offloaded him for around £135m.