Conte, the King of the Bridge

Chelsea clinched their sixth league trophy in a highly impressive 2016/2017 season under Antonio Conte and it is more than obvious that the Italian tactician was the key to the team’s success, writes

Chelsea experienced all sorts of problems in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign under Jose Mourinho and many football experts believe that the players were boycotting the “Special One”. The Blues finished the season in tenth place in the standings and, as a result, the club’s chief decided to sack their former title winner boss to bring Juventus boss Antonio Conte to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea made immediate progress week by week under the Italian manager, but following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal, Conte was forced into making some changes to the team.

He switched to the 3-4-3 formation and the Blues quickly returned to winning ways, with the team recording 13 consecutive league victories. While Chelsea suffered a 2-0 loss to Tottenham in the local derby at White Hart Lane, they quickly bounced back and got the job done on Matchday 37, when by recording a hard-fought victory over WBA at the Hawthorns. Summer signing Michy Batshuayi scored the winner ten minutes before the final whistle and the former Olympique Marseille man helped Chelsea secure their fifth Premier League.

What a season! #ChelseaChampions

Eden Hazard was struggling to find his best form during the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign and he was accused of faking injuries during Jose Mourinho’s spell at Stamford Bridge. Nonetheless, the Belgium superstar impressed in the 2016/2017 season, with the former Lille footballer scoring 16 goals, while providing five assists for his teammates. Diego Costa was on top of his game as well and the Spain international netted 20 goals in 35 appearances for the Stamford Bridge outfit in the league. N’Golo Kante was named the Premier League’s player of the season and the former Leicester City defensive midfielder totally deserved to win the award. He gave 100% in every single match he played for the Blues and, no doubt, he will play an important role in Antonio Conte’s team in seasons to come.

Chelsea’s season is not over yet; the Blues take on their bitter local rivals Arsenal at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup final and they are eager to give fans yet another reason for celebration. Antonio Conte’s troops have already proved their worth in the 2016/2017 season, but they certainly want to put icing on the cake with a victory over Alexis Sanchez and Co.

Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the best clubs in England, but the club chiefs should consider adding more top-class footballers to the squad in the summer transfer window if they are to be competitive in the Champions League next season. Taking everything into account, yet another successful season is behind Roman Abramovich’s club.

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