Chelsea have had the most amazing of seasons as they recorded a total of 93 points and managed to win in 30 matches. If you have told a Chelsea fan before the season that they would comfortably win the English Premier League, match the league’s longest winning run, and be second to Mourinho’s Chelsea from 2004-2005 in terms of points gathered, he would have said that you were out of your mind.
However, this really did happen and if you don’t follow football regularly you can visit sbat live scores and check for yourself. The fact that Conte achieved these things with a Chelsea team which finished 10th the previous season really speaks volumes about his credentials as a coach.
But can this Chelsea team repeat the same feat and win the league next season as well? Well, it will all depend on how several things play out.
Keep the Core Players
Chelsea have a squad which is full of young talent. However, most of these players sit in the reserves or get a limited playing time in the first team. This means that next year Conte will again have to rely on the players which took the biggest share of the burden this season.
Keeping players such as Hazard, Curtois, Kante, Matic and Fabregas should be Conte’s first order of business. Clubs like Real Madrid have been circling around Chelsea’s squad like vultures, but Conte and the board must resist their riches if Chelsea are to repeat the same achievement as last season.
Conte has insisted on several occasions that Chelsea should act smartly in the transfer market and only buy the right players for the right price. Marcos Alonso and N’Golo Kante were good examples of how this smart buying benefited Chelsea this season and it seems that Conte will once again only splash the cash if the right player is available.
This means that Chelsea will most likely go for players which will represent good value for money. These would probably be players which are going to be heavily scouted to ensure that they are the right fit for the Blues.
Backing of the Board
One of the biggest problems that Chelsea coaches had in the past was the Chelsea board’s treatment. Mourinho, Di Matteo, and Ancelotti were all sacked because they didn’t live up to the standard they had set for themselves in the previous season.
Should Conte’s Chelsea underperform at the start of next season the same fate might await the Italian. The board has been unequivocal that Conte will remain their manager even if he doesn’t replicate this season’s results, but these words of backing mean nothing when Roman Abramovich is concerned.
The Russian has been known to quickly lose patience and if Conte fails to deliver he might soon find himself searching for a new managerial post.
This job insecurity is probably perfectly clear to Conte as well. The Italian seems to thrive under pressure, but a stronger show of confidence in his abilities will go a long way.
[dropcap]A[/dropcap]ntonio Conte’s impact has started to show on Chelsea’s position on the points table and he believes there are many improvements on team to overcome.
He also stated that four consecutive wins are very soon to name his side as a Premier League contenders.
Chelsea thrashed Manchester United with 4-0 is their biggest win so far this season and moved within a point less than the league leaders Manchester City, after secured 0-2 win against Southampton.
Premier League is the only competition for Chelsea to focus also they are improving with new 3-4-3 formation and individuals as well.
Diego Costa is the top scorer in Premier League with 8 goals including the brilliant goal against Southampton. Eden Hazard also found his rhythm with netting 5 goals so far, which is surpassed his last season total goal counts.
Conte said after the Southampton win: “It’s early for us to speak about title contenders,”
“We can improve a lot. We must improve. After the first part of the season – during January – I can tell more about this run.”
“I’m pleased to see my players working very hard during the game with and without the ball,”
“We know that the road is long but the confidence is increasing. It’s important to get this type of result and performance because, in this way, they can trust more in the work. It’s not important for us to look at the table now.
He mentioned that he has to wait till January to describe the Chelsea’s position.
“If you ask me a prediction or an expectation of our championship, it’s very difficult to talk about this. It’s important to pass the first part of the season. Then, when you start the second part, our ideas will be more clear.”
Antonio Conte is appointed as new manager for Chelsea and they announced on their official club website.
Guus Hiddink will continue his role until Conte returning from the Euro 2016 for Italy.
The Italian said:
‘I am very excited about the prospect of working at Chelsea Football Club. I am proud to be the coach of the national team of my country and only a role as attractive as manager of Chelsea could follow that.
‘I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the club and the day-to-day challenge of competing in the Premier League.
‘Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy.
‘I am happy we have made the announcement now so everything is clear and we can end the speculation. I will continue to focus on my job with the Italian national team and will reserve speaking about Chelsea again until after the Euros.’