It’s the summer holidays that beckon for the Chelsea playing and coaching staff. After a grueling season which saw Conte and his players exceed expectations, nothing more could possibly have been asked for considering our position of strength. Though, the FA Cup would have been value-added silverware, but it seemed too far away from reach. Conclusively, we can proudly say the season was a success in all ramifications.
However, we must not relent on the team’s success, as Chelsea must build on:
SHREWD TRANSFER DEALINGS:
More expedient for Conte and Chelsea going into next season will be how they act in the summer transfer window. The familiar failings of past seasons need to be avoided if we are to mount an unassailable lead for Champions League glory and the title defence as well as winning domestic cup competitions (FA & League Cups). This means the possibility of playing more games than we did last season is a certainty. Then, with rival clubs strengthening their teams for challenge too, the onus is on Chelsea recruitment and transfer team to drive up the process to secure preferred targets early enough. This will help Conte in integrating these new signings into the team to form a formidable force. The failures of delayed transfer dealings in the past should not be repeated.
This should be one of the major issues to be resolved as we prepare for the challenges of next season. Players form and fitness were the ‘Achilles heel’ of Chelsea’s turbulent season in 2015/16. The players were a shadow of themselves and this ultimately affected on-field performance. Conte should have taken note of this and will surely have a plan in this regard. More so, the need to ease the burden of playing grueling summer friendly games in a bid to promote the club’s brand should be done sensibly.
PLAYING STYLE AND SYSTEM:
The need for meticulous preparation ahead of the new season cannot be over-emphasised. The fact is Chelsea is the team to beat and many clubs will be working out systems to play against us. Conte will need to implant his ideas and different variations of playing style and system that will give us the competitive edge over our rivals.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!