Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte arrived England with a reputation of a firebrand. The former Juventus man had worked wonders with the Italian national team taking the Azurri to the cusp of a famous European Championships semifinals. It was made more remarkable given that The Italian team that went to the Euros were not the most talented crop of players to wear the famous Blue jersey. There were no Maldinis, no Tottis, no Pirlos and the rest, but Conte worked wonders.
He led Chelsea to an improbable league title in his first season reinventing the art of three-at-the-back system. It worked to the optimum but this term has seen something of a remarkable downfall from grace, and Conte is also to blame. The Blues boss made a grave error in letting Diego Costa leave through the back door and the replacement he signed for the Stamford Bridge outfit, Alvaro Morata has struggled to live up to the massive expectations surrounding his transfer from Real Madrid.
Chelsea are odds-on to miss out on the Champions League football next season, as a shocking lull in form in 2018 has seen them drop 10 points behind Tottenham, who currently occupy the last Champions League place. Conte has reportedly lost his dressing room, has fallen out with the club hierarchy by constantly moaning and goading them about the inability to get his major transfer targets.
For a team that won the league with 93 points last term and winning 30 matches, Chelsea have made a mess of their title defence and the manner they exited the Champions League is also pointer to the fact that Conte is not in tune with playing on the continent. While his managerial acumen is not in doubt, other clubs will be wary of getting him to occupy their dugout as his history of falling out with his players and management may prove too much of a risk to accommodate, in spite of his undoubted quality.
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