The Chelsea job is arguably one of the most strenuous jobs in world football. The pressure and baggage that comes with managing the club can cause a person to be mentally and physically drained. The Chelsea job is one that comes with no guarantee as this minute a manager can be celebrated as a hero, and the next minute be booted out as a villain. It’s a mixed bag kind of a job. Certainly the challenge facing Antonio Conte at the moment is not something very surprising to him as his comment suggest:
“In 14 years, Chelsea have changed coaches 10 times, so they do have a tendency to chop and change here,” Conte said. “The media also plays on this habit the moment there are negative results.
“They were already writing headlines about my dismissal after the opening game against Burnley. It’s no problem for me, in fact I really like pressure. I just hope it doesn’t affect the players.
“I said very clearly, I have a contract to 2019. I intend to respect it. After that, anything can happen in football. I am happy at Chelsea, but both parties need to be happy.
“In our line of work, we always have a bag packed. My intention is to remain here, but if something were to change, there would be several different scenarios opening up.”
Last weekend’s defeat to Manchester United was a huge blow to our chances of qualifying for next season’s Champions league. But all hope should not be lost yet. Like us, Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs still have big games to play. More so, a team’s form can change at any moment in the season. Conte’s tactical nous was the magic that transformed the team last season and that can still be replicated. It would just be foolhardy to write off Chelsea. There’s just one way we can turn things around which Conte pointed out:
“The most important message is that I’m a worker. I like to work. I like to work, and I know only this road to win. To go back, for this club to compete and to get back into the Champions League, to get back to winning the title… I know only this way: work, work, work.”
The players must follow their manager’s blueprints to help Chelsea overcome yet another adversity in our rich history. Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!