Will Antonio Conte fit in at the Stamford Bridge?
After a title winning season, nothing much has gone right for the Stamford Bridge outfit this season starting with the fall out between Jose Mourinho and the senior players in the squad.
This saw the Portuguese replaced by Guus Hiddink on an interim basis and after a number of rumors, the Blues finally announced that Italian national coach Antonio Conte is set to take charge of the club next season.
Not many in the EPL know about the Italian manager who has already won 5 Serie A title in his time in Italy.
A defensive midfielder by trait, Conte’s acute understanding of the game right from his playing days was a sign of things to come.
The 46-year old will lead the Italian national side into the EURO16 later this year and will bring a breath of fresh air into Stamford Bridge at the start of the next season.
He finished his first season in charge of Juventus unbeaten and took the side to the Serie A title for the first time in 10 years.
As a manager, Conte is known for using the 3-5-2 formation fielding two wingbacks in lieu of wingers, with two out-and-out strikers backed by an attacking box-to-box midfielder in a three-man midfield, in front of a three-man defensive line.
Chelsea are over the years are known for their defensive strengths and Conte’s style of play will fit right into the heart at Stamford Bridge.
He has been in the past compared to Jose Mourinho due to his cautious style of play but make no mistake, the Italian can get his teams playing some sizzling football when at their best like he showed at his time in Turin.
Conte will be a completely different experience for the current squad at Stamford Bridge. Guus Hiddink the current manager is known as a gentle persuader and as a person with a lot of patience.
But Conte is anything but patient.
He has been involved in a number of angry rants with his team members in the past and he will bring the same attitude to the Bridge at the end of this season.
The current crop of players will also fit into the Italian’s style with ease.
Conte likes his teams compact – so midfielders can easily break forward to join the attack and forwards can drop back to fill the gaps they have left.
The likes of Willian and Hazard who love to break from midfield will be huge assets for the manager come to the start of the next season.
If one phrase could fit in everything that can describe the 47-year old, it is a statement he made when he was talking about giving merit to the quality and not the age.
“There is no young and old, only victory or failure,” Conte said, giving us a big insight at what he will do in the Premier League.
With the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and possibly Jose Mourinho already in the Premier League, Conte will only add more dynamism to the league and will only increase its popularity.
However, it will be interesting to see how he can adapt to live in England in his first adventure in the country.
Do you think Conte will take Chelsea to glory?