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]N[/dropcap]’Golo Kante is a French national but at 24 years old has never had a call-up for the France team at any level. Now, with Euro 2016 looming around the corner, he is about to get his first taste of international football and it is all down to the success he has enjoyed at Leicester City.
The Foxes have been having the time of their lives in the Premier League this season and are writing one of the greatest stories in football history. One of the main authors of this story has been Kante, who has been the stand-out holding midfielder in the league during Leicester’s onslaught on the established hierarchy. Many fans will now be eager to pick up tickets to the King Power Stadium from sites like www.ticketgum.com to see how this fairy-tale season ends.
The £5.6million signing was Claudio Ranieri’s first of the summer and what a lucrative deal that has turned out to be. The midfield pairing of Kante and Danny Drinkwater has been outstanding and has helped Leicester get to their current position. In comparison, Manchester United spent around £38million on Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the summer – both of whom have failed to make an impact at Old Trafford. It is clear which team got the better deal and, ironically, it looks as though Kante will now force Schneiderlin out of the France starting XI.
Kante and Paul Pogba would form a formidable pairing in midfield for France at the Euros if Didier Descamps decides that is how the team will line up. The Leicester midfielder leads the Premier League statistics by a long way in interceptions and tackles won. His hunger and ferocity to win the ball back in the centre of the park has been key to much of Leicester’s counter-attacks this season, as the Frenchman wins the ball back and then looks to move it quickly to Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy.
Kante has been the obvious choice for many to partner Pogba in France’s strong looking squad for the Euros. National squad selectors would be wise to take into account form when picking their squads for the competition.
As the Foxes continue their push for the league title, their players will build up more momentum that could propel them into starting positions for their respective countries. Vardy has already had a taste of football at international level after his early season success and that continued form could see him partnering Harry Kane up front in the upcoming competition. There is also a strong argument for including Marc Albrighton while at the same time there is a debate about Danny Drinkwater.
The fact that these players are being considered by international managers to play on the world stage is testimony to how much Leicester have achieved this season. And if they can bring the same magic to their national teams, they may just find that they are some of the most sought after players in the world in the summer.