If there was ever a doubt as regards the future of current Chelsea coach, Antonio Conte, they’re far gone by now. For most of the season, the Italian tactician was rumored to be on the verge of an exit, and it never quite happened, but now, it has become more than likely he’ll be given the boot come the end of the current campaign, at best.
Our tumultuous season was expected to make an impressive turn for the better yesterday when we took on Tottenham. Instead, things went from bad to worse. Tottenham beat us at Stamford Bridge in the league for the first time in well over two decades, but the loss wasn’t the problem, it was its comprehensive nature, and seeing how we had taken the lead earlier in the game courtesy of Morata’s decent header. We threw away our goal advantage, and now suffer the ignominy of failing to qualify for the Champions League for the second time in three seasons. It is embarrassing for a club of our status.
People have blamed the players for failing to play with more hunger, but I personally don’t see them as the problem. If there’s anyone to be held responsible, it has be the coach, Antonio Conte. He is the one entrusted with the club, and must live up to his responsibilities. He seems to have forgotten that the same side got the league last season? So what could be the problem them? Has he run out of ideas or is he looking for a good excuse to leave?
Conte has spent a huge period fighting with the Chelsea board over transfers, and it could be one of the reasons the club capitulated in 2018.
Whatever the problem or excuse for Conte may be, the truth is that he has failed. The least he could have done was qualify for the Champions League, seeing how bad the season had gotten.
This time 2015/16, Mourinho and Hiddink were both out of the club following their disappointing runs. Many expected that Conte would have suffered the same fate even after the defeats to Bournemouth and Watford, but then, Roman Abramovich knows what he’s up to, and the handwriting on the wall makes it clear that Conte is definitely not staying beyond the end of the season.