There’s certainly no smoke without fire. The sound bite prior to our game against Leicester City was the exclusion of striker, Diego Costa from the match day squad. Reports had it that there was a row between player and manager and lure of a big-money move to the Chinese Super League. Surely, many felt Chelsea were about to lose their plot as talks of dressing unrest reverberated from the media.
The game against a resurgent Leicester City was not going to be a walk in the park afterall, so did predictions ignorantly misconstrue. The 3-0 scoreline win must have flattered Conte especially with two goals coming from left wingback, Marcos Alonso and the other from the in-form Pedro Rodriguez, and the fact we played away at a hostile ground. The ‘FOXES NEVER QUIT’ banner in the King Power Stadium made the win more resounding because we won them with relative ease. Despite the win, Chelsea must stay united if we must win the league.
Here are 3 reasons why:
THE TITLE RACE HAS SPRUNG UP TO LIFE:
Surely the title race is on and has sprung up to life. Our rivals are in top form. The huge wins of both Arsenal and Spurs are a tip of the iceberg on what is to come in subsequent weeks. Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are all in the fray. The last thing we need now is to push the crisis button that will certainly bring fear, panic and uncertainty to our game. By so doing, this will disrupt team unity, kill team spirit and chemistry, thereby giving our rivals the opportunity to make up on lost grounds and even topple us. Let’s take heed lest we fall.
NO DENT TO OUR REBUILDING PROCESS:
How many times have we heard of player unrest and the manager making way? Certainly, virtually all the time. In retrospect, last season’s impalpable discord issue should be in hindsight for Chelsea and Conte. Whether or not Conte and Costa have a row, the need to cramp down player indiscipline should be supported but done behind the scenes. The mess it caused was unbearable as it affected the club both on and off field. The club’s image was dragged to the mud (the Eva Caneiro case in reference) and the monies spent on settlements to both Eva and Jose was detrimental as we posted a loss in our year account. The need for self-sufficiency took a hit and a déjà vu should be totally avoided.
GROW THE CLUB’S INFLUENCE:
How quickly things have turned around for Chelsea after last season sporadic fall, one can only imagine it like a fantasy. The calming presence of Antonio Conte has lifted our gloom and we are now blooming. A highlight of the Conte effect is clear to the casual observer. A 13 game winning streak and three consecutive manager of the month awards speak volume and has set the club on the path of glory. This and more is needed to promote the club as a global brand rather than the thick clouds of strife and disunity.
Like our slogan reads: ‘keep the blue flag flying high’, it is only expedient we continue to do so in unity if we desire to be the best of the best and the best of the rest. Cheers!