- Antonio Conte has reportedly been sacked by Chelsea.
- Conte spent two-years in charge of the Blues, winning two trophies.
- TalkChelsea argue five reasons why Conte deserved another chance.
According to the Guardian, Antonio Conte has been sacked by Chelsea after two-years in charge of the club.
Conte’s rein started superbly, with the Italian winning the Premier League title in his debut season at the club. However, his title defence was far from straightforward, with Chelsea failing to even qualify for the Champions League.
Despite his shortfalls last term, Conte deserved to stay, and his sacking is an indication that Roman Abramovich hasn’t changed. He’s still as brutal and trigger happy as ever.
Here’s five reasons why Chelsea should’ve kept the faith in Conte.
He’d grown to love the club
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Following the FA Cup final, Conte reaffirmed his affection for Chelsea and their fans. He was quoted at the time by reuters saying: “after these two seasons I will always love this colour, these fans, this club.”
Conte had a place for Chelsea in his heart, and we had a place in ours for him. Few managers have connected with the fanbase in the manner in which Conte did, and he deserved more loyalty as a result of that.
Exemplary win ratio
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They don’t call him the Italian Tim Sherwood for nothing, Conte’s Chelsea win ratio really is second to none.
As the BBC report, Conte won 67.1% of his Premier League games, ahead of Sir Alex Ferguson and behind only Pep Guardiola. It’s the highest of any manager ever to take charge of more than 100 Premier League games in charge of Chelsea.
The fact that it remains so high despite the failures of last season is testament to how good Conte’s Chelsea were when in full flow.
Conte has lifted the league title in four out the last five seasons he has managed at club level. Last season was the only time he didn’t, and even if Chelsea performed at a higher level, it’s incredibly unlikely we could have matched Manchester City’s record points tally.
Ultimately, when managing at a club like Chelsea, you will be judged on the consistency of silverware. Conte has won two trophies in two years as a Blue. In arguably the most competitive period the Premier League has ever seen, he deserves credit for that.
Revolutionised English football
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It’s no coincidence that several English teams switched to a back-three after seeing Chelsea’s success with it under Conte. Even the stubborn Arsene Wenger followed suit, he hadn’t tinkered with his system for several years.
Not to mention that England reached the semi-finals of the World Cup using a back-three with a right-back converted to a centre-back. And who was assisting Gareth Southgate with the Three Lions? Conte’s former number two, Steve Holland.
Point to prove
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Conte has been beaten black and blue over the past few months, yet he has remained defiant. He has refused to throw in the towel, appearing committed to seeing out the remainder of his contract with Chelsea.
Knowing Conte, he would have been desperate to prove his doubters wrong, and that could have worked in our favour. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’ll ever know what Conte’s third season in charge would have brought us.