Few Chelsea fans will have forgotten how Chelsea capitulated after winning the league title back in 2015. The Blues suffered a meltdown not seen in these parts as they limped to the worst defence of a Premier league title as they ultimately finished 10th.
I’m sure many Chelsea fans who used up their sign up bonuses to put money on a back to back title would have been shocked to the core.
It was shocking, as the team under Jose Mourinho the previous year had won the league at a canter, shaking and removing obstructions on their way by their sheer force of nature and dogged spirit. They lost just thrice all season, and it was expected that they would challenge for the Champions League the following season. It went downhill from there and a repeat performance is threatening under Antonio Conte at the moment.
The fiery Italian won hearts with his passionate touchline antics and many Chelsea fans will be very sorry to see him leave.
The familiar questions have reared their ugly heads at Chelsea once more, as the manager seeks to gain control over transfer dealings, in scenes upgrading with what led to the downfall of Jose Mourinho.
After winning the league in 2015, Mourinho knew that it was imperative that the club rebuilt it’s squad.
The core of Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Oscar, Hazard and Willian had been constants for the best part of two years, meaning that there was a likely possibility that the rest of the league could find them out.
Other teams such as Leicester and Tottenham came out blazing the next season, and Chelsea suffered for it with the worst start made by a defending champion the next season.
Conte arrived at Stamford Bridge with the reputation of being a winner, as he had guided Juventus to three consecutive Scudettos and gaining admirers with his work with Italy. He guided Chelsea to an unprecendeted Legaue win but the cracks are starting to appear.
Lack of transfer activity are threatening to derail the former Juventus coach’s time at Stamford Bridge, and his exit will be a big loss on the division, with most fans even from other clubs getting attracted to him as they relate to him as one of them who wears his hearts on his sleeves.
The presence of Michel Emenalo and Marina Granovskoia are the ears of Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, which has been termed as interface by the manager. The Russian billionaire is known to have a short fuse when it comes to firing managers, but in recent years, he has been looking for long term stability starting from the academy.
Conte has always stressed the importance of upgrading the team. Last summer he went out for the likes of Leonardo Bonucci and Kalidou Koulibaly, but the Chelsea hiercahy were unable to get either of the pair, instead settling for David Luiz.
He has been linked with the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko and Romelu Lukaku but concrete offers have not been made.
The manager feels the club is being left behind by their rivals who have strengthened already even in the early part of the transfer window.
Chelsea must act to strengthen ahead of next season or risk making the same mistake they did just 2 years ago. Lightning must not strike twice.