Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will drop Branislav Ivanovic for today’s Premier League clash with Hull City at the KCOM Stadium, according to The Telegraph.

The Blues started the Italian trainer’s tenure at Stamford Bridge well but have struggled in recent weeks, with defeats to Liverpool and Arsenal knocking the wind out of the West London club’s sails.

Chelsea travel to face the newly promoted Tigers in their next Premier League fixture, with anything other than three points surely casting further doubts among the travelling support.

The 2014-15 champions have looked shaky at the back and were tore apart by a rampant Arsenal attack in their last outing.

As such, it is expected that the former Juventus trainer will make changes at the back for the clash with Hull and Ivanovic is being touted to be the scapegoat.

The veteran Serbian defender is undoubtedly a world-class operator when at his best but he has not looked solid over the last 12 months.

With transfer deadline day signing Marcos Alonso waiting in the wings to slot in at left-back and Cesar Azpilicueta able to revert back to the opposite flank, it looks likely that Ivanovic will be on the bench this weekend.


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