Italian coach Antonio Conte has been sacked by Chelsea – finally. It comes as no surprise especially after an awful campaign last year where Chelsea failed to qualify for the Champions League and massively underachieved in the Premier League. Although Conte captured the FA Cup for Chelsea, their performances were a far cry from their previous season’s performance where they cruised to the Premier League title earning 93 points and finishing seven points above second place Tottenham.
Conte will almost assuredly be replaced by former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri – again not a surprise to anybody who truly follows football. These actions have been brewing since last season after it was clear Antonio Conte was unhappy with the transfer policy in Chelsea and even the board for their dealings in the summer window when it seemed the club did not support his interest in some players.
Sarri a former banker has risen to the apex of Italian football from the very bottom and guided Napoli to a second place finish last season and he pushed perennial champions Juventus to the wire. His brand of attacking football will no doubt attract Chelsea fans, however, he still has some question marks in two main areas – he has never won anything of note, and he tends to run his players down with very high minutes (he does not rotate enough).
The former Napoli coach who has been replaced by high profile coach Carlo Ancelotti will also join Stamford Bridge bearing gifts with Jorginho, Daniele Rugani and Aleksandr Golovin set to also join him. Chelsea will look to make time up in the transfer market after they were held by a serious delay with negotiations with Sarri’s lawyers and Napoli. Chelsea also have to compensate Conte for a hefty sum – something I feel Conte wants so badly after he signed a contract extension last season.
Chelsea will look to consolidate by bouncing back in the League and perhaps winning the Europa League this season – something that is not beyond them, but they have to keep Eden Hazard for any of that to happen. However, Sarri is a good replacement for Conte and will be an addition to the Premier League next season.