Not very often do you see scenes from a movie playing out in real life. Some things are meant for reality, while others are exclusively reserved for the big screens…even though there sometimes may be exceptions — and the events playing out in Conte’s second season at Chelsea may just be one.
After a very successful first season, Antonio Conte began the current campaign hoping to replicate the success. But he will be looking back at the journey so far, and wondering where he got it wrong.
From the moment the transfer window opened, and rumours of a rift between Conte and the Chelsea management surfaced, it became obvious things were about to get ugly, but I think it is very ironic that a player he bought for a very huge sum is the one threatening his role as Chelsea manager.
No coach buys thinking that things will bad, they buy with all positivity. So I can imagine how disappointed Conte would be having watched Bakayoko bring him mostly disappointment and worry this season.
The performance of the ex-Monaco man on Monday was one of many poor showings from him since he joined last summer, and sadly, it may be the most remarkable for Conte and Chelsea.
His poor challenge earned him a sending off, and cost Chelsea the game, but Monday night’s event wasn’t just about losing, it was the manner in which the loss came. Not only were we subjected to our biggest loss in a long time, we were also taken aback to 1995 when we lost 2 consecutive games in the EPL by a 3 goal margin.
For any other club, Monday night probably wouldn’t be an issue, but this is Chelsea – a club owned by an iron fisted Roman Abramovich. The man likes winning — that is the reason he brought Conte to England in the first place, and the Italian did deliver in his first season, however considering history and this season, one can only guess the impending danger for Conte. Carlo Ancelotti left for worse, and I don’t see how the sack is inevitable for Conte — unless things truly have changed at the top.
It’s a very tough period for Chelsea, and I can only imagine how much of a joke we have become to our rivals. And the one thing I know is that Conte will look at his situation, thinking what could have been if he didn’t buy Bakayoko.