The Blues go into this weekend’s trip to Burnley sitting a comfortable nine points clear at the top of the table, and there’s every chance that gap could grow if other results go their way.
But in his pre-match press conference earlier today, Conte appeared to have some problems naming any of Burnley’s squad – and in particular, Barton.
For a man with an ego the size of Barton’s, this will definitely sting a little bit:
Joey who? Fckin brilliant! pic.twitter.com/ZAGzMGsSnX
— Geo Thomson Art (@geokoart) February 10, 2017
Since returning to Burnley in January, Barton has scored once and looks to be regaining some of his form which was so badly lacking during his ill-fated spell at Rangers.
Perhaps the midfielder will use Conte’s remarks to fire him up in time for Sunday’s kick-off.
We can’t wait to find out.
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