Antonio Conte has revealed that the upcoming 2017/18 campaign will be the toughest season of his managerial career, report the Guardian.
Chelsea won the title at a canter last time around, but have lost several key players ahead of the new season. Nemanja Matic has departed to Manchester United, Diego Costa has not trained with the squad since May, and we have lost the vast experience of John Terry.
We need to bring in several new faces before the end of the transfer window in order to deal with the long and treacherous season ahead.
Conte appears to agree. The Italian is quoted by the Guardian explaining the difficulty of what lays ahead, and how his thin squad could prove to be problematic:
“For sure it will be the most difficult season of my career as a coach. Why? There are many reasons and I haven’t a lot of time to explain a lot of these reasons. But I am sure about this. In this moment we have a small squad.”
The board will no doubt be aware of Conte’s concerns, and need to act fast in order to ensure we have the best chance of challenging on all fronts next term.