Antonio Conte will soon be on his way to Stamford Bridge and he will have a lot of decisions to make when he finally does take to the hot-seat.
But one particular area that does require immediate attention is Chelsea’s defence, which shipped goal after goal in a pretty disappointing season last term.
The need for improvements and reinforcements has never been clearer and Conte really needs to bring an element of stability with him when Italy’s Euro 2016 journey ends.
So with that in mind, how should Chelsea’s defence line up next season? Who should they target, who should they bring in and who should start in goal?
Here’s our look at Conte’s dream Chelsea defence next term…
Regardless of incoming transfers, there really is no better goalkeeper in the Premier League than Thibaut Courtois.
He’s been very good for Chelsea since making the step up from Atletico Madrid and there is little doubt Blues fans will want to see him remain between the Stamford Bridge posts.
This rampaging full-back is available this summer, and there really are few better defenders in the game.
Despite being 33-years-old, The Brazilian has shown some of the best form of his career over the past couple of years and he’d really improve a faltering Chelsea back-line.
Branislav Ivanovic has done well as a make-shift right-back, but he doesn’t offer that modern-day attacking mindset which we’ve seen to be so popular.
Despite suffering a cruel leg-break during the second-half of last season, Kurt Zouma has got a bright future ahead of him and he can be an integral part of Chelsea’s defence when he gets back to full-fitness.
He’s a hefty machine and when on his game, few few can get around him.
As we’ve seen at the Euros, Leonardo Bouncci could provide an extremely useful signing for Chelsea if they could prise him away from current club Juventus.
As well as being a solid defender with a reasonable amount of pace, he’s also excellent with the ball. Defenders that can actually play football are always considered the most valuable and it may take some fee if Chelsea want to secure his services for next season.
Antonio Conte knows him well from his time with Italy and Bonucci is also flexible when it comes to formations. He’s competent in a three-back formation should Conte decide to implement that strategy at the Bridge.
Another of Chelsea’s current crop who needn’t be change for no reason. Cesar Azpilicueta was another one of the bright sparks in what was a poor campaign last season and he adds a little bit of everything at left-back.
He’s quick, has a good cross and gets forward and assists in attacks. Should the above additions be made, Chelsea could be an extremely dominant force in English football next season.