It is almost certain that Premier League champions, Chelsea will miss out on next season’s Champions League competition. The Blues have made a mess of our title defence, a fact that has made the position of Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte almost untenable.
The Italian tactician has lacked his usual swagger on the touchline, constantly moaning about the inability of the board to get him the players he wants. After winning the league and reaching the FA Cup Final last term many expected the West Londoners to move to the next level and try our hands on challenging for the Champions League.
Chelsea finished second in a group containing the likes of Roma and Atletico Madrid. For our troubles, we got a match up against Barcelona, who defeated us 4-1 on aggregate. It seems we are a club in decline, but missing out on the elite European tournament could be a blessing in disguise for us. By playing in the Europa League next year, we have a fantastic chance of winning the tournament and moving straight back to the Champions League.
It would also bring us back down to earth and show the owner and board that the club needs an improvement on the playing personnel. Chelsea must stop the seeming descent to decline, and a season out of the Champions League will be a stark reminder that perhaps we are not at the level we should be. This season has been tough for Chelsea fans, as the FA Cup represents our only chance of winning silverware. The Europa League is a long competition, peradventure we take it very serious.
However, if we don’t, we can focus on making a comeback in the Premier League. A new manager is expected to be in the dugout at the beginning of next year term, meaning that the air at Stamford Bridge will be awash with fresh optimism. It seems the players are tired of Conte’s methods, and under a new manager with a different philosophy, we could be better for it.