Chelsea are very much a side in transition. After a weak campaign that saw Jose Mourinho axed for the second time, the Blues will be looking for a season of stability and progress come August.
And the man who has been trusted with this responsibility is Italian tactician, Antonio Conte, who will begin his work at the Bridge when Italy’s EURO 2016 campaign is resolved in France. He faces a tough job to turn around a side whose fortunes have dipped quite drastically in the last couple of years, and next season really is make or break for the London side.
With the Premier League growing more and more competitive year-by-year, it’s imperative the Blues have a season to remember.
So here’s FIVE reasons why Chelsea could do with having a triumphant first season under Antonio Conte…
This is really important for the Blues. Whilst Guus Hiddink successfully steadied the sinking Stamford Bridge ship, Conte must go one step further and try and turn fortunes around. He’ll be financially supported by Roman Abramovich, who must trust in the Italian’s choices in the transfer market. Get this right, and Chelsea could be on the up again very soon indeed.
Let’s face it, Chelsea fans expect some sort of success down at Stamford Bridge every year. They’re one of the biggest clubs in Europe and to struggle so much last season would have come as a shock to some supporters. Conte’s biggest task is to start filling up the trophy cabinet yet again – by whatever means possible. Trophies mean success in this game, and the Italian may begin to struggle if Chelsea can’t find good form in both the Premier League and the domestic tournaments.
A team doing well is like putty in an advertiser’s hand. Look at Leicester City – their Premier League success will mean sponsorships and endorsements will be coming through the post like nobody’s business. Chelsea are an extremely lucrative club in terms of these deals, but they need to be performing well. Big names won’t be interested in sponsoring teams that struggle to get out of the bottom half of the Premier League table, so it’s not just on the pitch that will be effected if Chelsea slump again.
If Chelsea want an orderly queue of some of Europe’s best to be forming at Stamford Bridges’ door, then they need to find success again. The world’s best don’t want to play for a team in transition- they want to be fighting at the top of the table for silverware. If Chelsea want this, they need to get the results flowing straight away.
Another big one- their support could begin to dwindle. A trip to Stamford Bridge is a pricey affair, and fans will soon become fed up if they’re not seeing the results on the pitch. Conte will have a top-notch squad to walk into and with the funding he’s expected to receive, there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to turn it around on the pitch. Fail to do so and the crowd could become extremely unforgiving, extremely quickly.