The Premier League has gradually started seeing a norm where the winners of the competition go on to falter significantly the following season, and it has happened thrice with Chelsea in the 2015/16 season after they emerged winners the season before, Leicester in the 2016/17 season in the same manner, and now Chelsea in the just concluded 2017/18 season.
However, one name appears to be consistent in this recent developments in the Premier League and its Chelsea. One can recall how current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte insisted that he wouldn’t want a Mourinho season after coming out tops in the league, a statement that obviously didn’t go down well with the latter.
Well, fast forward to now and Conte appears to be having nothing but a Conte season. How many pundits, fans, critics, and opposition supporters would have placed bets on Chelsea not finishing in the top 4 and missing out on next season’s Champions League? I daresay, none!
Well, here we have it! The 2017/18 Premier League season was a disappointing one for Chelsea, and it was even made worse as the players showed no attitude in the 3 nil loss away to Newcastle at St James’ Park on the final day of the 2017/18 Premier League season. A performance that should be a cause for concern as Chelsea prepare to face Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in the finals of the FA Cup at Wembley this weekend.
How funny, that Mourinho could be the one to place the final bolt on the casket of Antonio Conte’s managerial career at Chelsea with reports suggesting he is set to leave Stamford Bridge after the full conclusion of all competitive footballing events of the just-concluded season. The two at a time in the course of the 2017/18 season were at each other’s necks, trading verbal fisticuffs on the media. The two now have a platform where they can get the better of each other with the talking being done on the pitch.
The season has been one that has seen Chelsea appear confused in almost all ramifications of the game. From transfers that were made, both ins and outs, as well as the tactics, and the quality of football on the pitch, and this is glaring with the results that have been attained thus far. The Mourinho season as Conte described it started with an opening day draw with Swansea at Stamford Bridge, while the Conte season as it will be coined commenced with a shock loss to Burnley at Stamford Bridge.
This is one season that Antonio Conte would want to be blotted out from his managerial career. However, there is the chance for some glory as he prepares his side to square up against Jose Mourinho’s men who appear to be obvious favorites for a triumph at Wembley. We wait to see if Antonio Conte can salvage any glory from what has been a very disappointing season, in which they suffered 10 losses in the Premier League, finished outside the top 4, scored the least number of goals amongst the final top 6 teams, and subsequently missing out of next season’s UEFA Champions League. This is the Conte season!