How things change so fast when the right manager is in charge. Chants of ‘Antonio, Antonio’ by the Chelsea fans in support of their Italian manager only tell half the story of his swashbuckling achievements in his first season at the club and in English football.
Chelsea’s successful Italian history looks set to continue with Conte. His giant strides in the Premier league in just a short period of time are to be dubbed: ‘Conte effect or Contemania’. The passionate football lover of a manager has charmed many with his managerial savvy.
Here are 3 reasons why Chelsea and Abramovich need to find stability in Conte:
HE POSSESSES GOOD MAN-MANAGEMENT SKILL:
You’ll agree with me that many of the managers who have been casualties of Roman Abramovich’s megalomaniac tendency which eventually resulted in their exits from Chelsea were down to their inability to wrestle player power. The likes of Jose Mourinho, Andre Villas-Boas and Big Phil Scolari found it harder than first thought. Player power is the next big thing to deal with in world football after the rise of transfer fees that seem to be shooting for the stars at every transfer window. Issues of internal strife, off-field crisis, impalpable discord, player bust-ups and board displeasure with work have been major headliners in football. Major tests of Conte’s man management skill have proved his mettle in handling issues. His ability to transform last season’s dead-end players that could only finish in 10th place into Champions-elect this season and on the verge of winning the double has been remarkable. His tactical intelligence has been brought to fore with his meticulosity in team management. More so, his handling of Diego Costa’s erratic behaviour which resulted in a fracas with a fitness coach at the same time an alleged head-spinning transfer offer from China was made is commendable. His ‘I call the shots stance’ by dropping the striker from the next match-day squad sent a clear message to the striker to know who the boss at the club is. This action of his helped to enhance his reputation as a fearless tactician ready to tame unbecoming superstars in his team. His personality clearly suits Chelsea’s profile for the ideal manager that will lead the club to greatness unlimited.
Conte’s trust for his players cannot be doubted. Handing game time to young players like Nathaniel Chalobah, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Nathan Ake has been quite fair considering our fixture schedule which has been lighter due to no European games. The team has been in relatively good health condition all season and the need to seal the title has been a compelling case to get the job done with the senior players. However, his trust so far in them should surely give hope that the successor to John Terry as the next ‘home grown talent’ that will be a first-team regular is not far away. Roman’s youth empire will very soon turn into the ‘New LA Masia’ like that of Barcelona’s with the very best of talent making the quantum leap into being super stars.
CONTEMANIA – THE NEW IDENTITY:
Conte’s proposed idea of turning of Chelsea into a blazing inferno all pointed to creating a new identity for the club. Over the years, virtually all managerial appointments have tended to follow Jose’s blueprints for success. But Conte challenged the status quo. Who would have thought of Chelsea lining up in a 3-4-3 formation with a back three and using wing-backs? As it’s been said: ‘Change is constant’, and Conte’s change at Chelsea has yielded fantastic results and seems to have influenced the English game that his methods and ideal have now been adopted by several teams, including the England National team. How proud Abramovich would be as it has always been his desire to gain identity-monopoly in world football. Now he can be rest assured Chelsea can dominate for years with Conte in charge.