The buzzing word that obviously explains the form of Antonio Conte’s Chelsea is ‘magnificent’. The Blues are looking like a well-drilled and oiled machinery supplying power with consistency and don’t look like breaking down at the moment. After recording their fifth consecutive league win with a maximum 15 points, 16 goals scored and none conceded, this surely announces our status as title contenders. The Chelsea faithful and even Everton were in awe of our performance that one could hardly believe this was largely the same Chelsea team that stuttered in their title defence last season. While we’re still basking in the euphoria of our Champions style performance against Everton, let’s look at three areas Conte’s magic wand has drastically improved the team since our defeat against Arsenal.
CHANGE IN TEAM PLAYING STYLE:
One of the cravings of Chelsea Owner, Roman Abramovich has been for the club to have a trademark playing style that appeals to the eyes and heart. Clearly no manager could alter the Jose Mourinho favoured pragmatic style. The manager who came close to doing so but still had to revert when the chips were down was Carlo Ancelotti. It was a case of the same old story.
Glaringly, it seems Chelsea have finally found a manager that can deliver at premium level. Antonio Conte’s revised 3-4-3 formation is a beauty to behold. His tactical savvy has revived, rejuvenated and reinvigorated a team that looked dissipated at the end of the lesson. The team looks cast in the image of Conte and worthy to be title winners on current form. Truly with the team firing on all cylinders, Chelsea don’t just have the quality of a great team on paper, but look evergreen a great team.
MAN MANAGEMENT STYLE:
The headlines were so luring last season especially with talks of palpable discord between Jose and the players. What actually went wrong in the dressing room is another uncovered headline for another day. But what exactly could have made a title-winning manager and his players become parallel lines? This is surely a puzzle that remains unsolved and still baffling considering the team’s performances this season.
Conte clearly has his players trust as seen in their effective implementation of his ideas on the pitch. To a great extent, the players seem to be in the winning groove and are also enjoying their football once again, most notably, Belgian playmaker, Eden Hazard. Chelsea look reborn and unfazed by anything thrown at them at the moment.
Unarguably, one of the sweetest joys of a good business person is when customers are happy and satisfied owing to good customer service. The same applies when a good manager has a happy and satisfied dressing room owing to good man management skill. Conte has done a great job in this regard at the club.
One of Chelsea’s strengths over the years has been our reliance on core players as the spine of the team. When these players are out of the team, we looked dead and gone. During José’s first stint, he referred to them as his ‘untouchables’. These players were indispensable and irreplaceable because they were super-talented. Over the years who’ve had the likes of Claude Makelele, Michael Essien, Petr Cech, Didier Drogba, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry in special class. They were truly a class apart.
It is rather more pleasing to see premium level across the pitch rather than creating a certain spine that if broken, can be utterly damaging to the team. Conte wants a collective unit that bonds to achieve, as he certainly believes that: ‘together everybody achieve more’ (T.E.A.M). This ingrained mentality has been tremendous as the team clearly looks the sum of its part and will soon have a greater multiplier effect.
Kudos Conte…still hoping for the best. Cheers!