Carlo Ancelotti will always go down as a favourite at Chelsea. In his first season at the club, he led the Blues to a domestic double, winning the Premier League and FA Cup.
Ancelotti’s Chelsea played some beautiful football and at times were unstoppable. The 8-0 thrashing of Wigan on the final day to secure the title was memorable. Along with scoring seven goals in home matches against Stoke City, Sunderland and Aston Villa.
However, in his second season, Ancelotti failed to produce anywhere near the quality they showed the campaign before. Perhaps undeservedly, the Italian got his marching orders from Roman Abramovich despite coming second in the league but failing to bring back any silverware.
Don’t get me wrong, the 58-year-old is still a great manager. But the fear of Ancelotti and the board falling out again is my main concern. If that happens then we’re back to square one and the quest for stability goes on.
Antonio Conte’s frustrations over the uncertainty around both of the manager’s future were long overdue. Not because it annoys his well-being, but he also feels sorry that his countryman’s future is constantly being talked about.
Despite the troublesome times at the club, it’s time to stick by Conte.