4th of April, 2016, West London was engulfed in anticipation, after a devastating 2015/16 Season that saw Chelsea Finish in 10th place, Sack their Manager in December and go from defending champions to Mid-table Minnows in a Year. Antonio Conte arrived, the Italian tactician took his time and changed the face of Chelsea.
A Premier League title and an FA Cup Final in his first Season in-charge. Conte had made Chelsea Likable again, after 3 Seasons of Jose Mourinho’s consistent blabbering and continuous defensive Football, Chelsea had found the balance. But like all fairy tales, this one had to come to an end too.
“I will always love this colour, the fans and this club.” Antonio Conte
Arrivederci Antonio, grazie di tutto. pic.twitter.com/u6XfMZgxet
— Mark Worrall (@gate17marco) July 12, 2018
Chelsea had been granted permission to re-build Stamford Bridge, a project that would’ve cost 1 Billion Pounds. Naturally, Roman Abramovich held back from spending a large sum of money in the Transfer window and barring Tiemoue Bakayoko, and Antonio Rudiger Conte didn’t get any of the players that he wanted. That’s where the problems started.
Everything seemed to go wrong from then on. The Diego Costa debacle kicked off Chelsea’s 2017/18 campaign and things were already looking negative, Chelsea were lacking squad depth for a Champions League campaign and Antonio Conte publicly criticised the Board on Multiple occasions. The Sack seemed inevitable, it was just a matter of when. No manager messes with Abramovich. Period.
Now with Maurizio Sarri knocking on the door and Conte waiting for the official word, it is only Natural to feel for Antonio Conte. Yes, he was in the wrong to insult the Board publicly but for the board to embarrass him and treat the man like a scapegoat is absolutely disgusting. Chelsea are yet to announce Conte’s sacking while Club legend John Terry and Midfielder Cesc Fabregas have already confirmed the Manager’s departure.
Conte revolutionized Chelsea and definitely took tactical football to the next Level. The end may be ugly but Antonio Conte will always be the man who rose Chelsea back from the Ashes and blew the Premier league away.
Thank you, Antonio you will be missed.