Last summer was indeed a curious and decisive one for Chelsea. Picked up from the dungeon of mediocrity the previous season and raised to the lofty height of being crowned Premier League Champions by Head Coach, Antonio Conte was remarkable. It was assumed Chelsea would build on their success and look to dominate English football for years to come. This was partly because our fifth Premier league title in the Premier League era made us the second most successful club just only behind Manchester United. But yet again we’ve failed to build on another success story. This was the outcome Conte hoped to avoid:
“We know the difficulty of the next season and for sure we want to avoid the Mourinho season with Chelsea.
“Personally, I want to try to avoid the last two seasons. Because two coaches were sacked, from Chelsea and then from Leicester after they won the league. For sure I want to avoid that.
“And we are working very well. I hope to find the best solution in the future. We have a lot of young players and then if it’s necessary we have to try to improve these players.”
Chelsea’s solutions didn’t work out. A haphazard summer business activity coupled with the team’s meanderings with inconsistency are the reasons for this season’s failures. More to it was the intensified berating of the club’s power brokers by Conte which laid to their strained relationship. The Italian has been reported to likely leave the club, but does that solve Chelsea’s problem? The answer is NO!
What’s the solution? It’s simple; Chelsea must set the competitive ball rolling now with forward thinking. To borrow a leaf from newly crowned Champions, Manchester City’s meticulous approach to running their club, Chelsea must start with resolving the sports director and managerial uncertainties at the club. Then next will be to identify players that can improve the team and move on players that are surplus to requirements. With the World Cup on the horizon, transfer fees are likely to skyrocket, so doing smart business by tying up deals for players we need, will be expedient.
In reality, Chelsea face a more decisive summer than last year’s. Suffering a second mediocre season in three years is no good omen for the club. Forward thinking might just be way to make the sky in South West London blue again.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers!