After an exceptional first Premier League season with the Blues, which many of his critics have put down to a lack of Champions League football, how will Antonio Conte handle European football his first time around with the club?
With only 2 Champions League campaigns under his belt, reaching the Quarter Final in the 2012-2013 season, then going on to finish 3rd in his group behind Madrid and Galatasaray the following year, it is difficult to predict how Antonio will fair with this Chelsea side in the upcoming competition based solely on his past, so we are only really able to take from what we have seen thus far from him as the Chelsea boss.
Expectations will be high from everyone involved with the club, and ultimately I believe he can deliver a successful run.
As reigning Premier League champions we need to lead the way for English clubs in what is going to be a very difficult year in the Champions League, with everyone but Leicester dropping out before the Quarter-Finals last season, the pressure is really on the Premier League teams to deliver and as the champions we should be be aiming to finish in the last 4 at the very least.
With his clear passion for the club and his tactical excellence, the right additions to the team and a repeat of last seasons unbreakable drive and commitment, we could see a Chelsea team launch a serious challenge for the honour of being named Champions of Europe for the first time since ‘That night in Munich”
With the Premier League crown that he will undoubtedly be striving to retain, and domestic competitions to consider also, it will be a tall order but as he has proven already, he is more capable of achieving with the club, and success in Europe could be the key factor in Conte proceeding to stay with the club for many years to come, something I am sure right now Chelsea fans will have no complaints about
Written by Louie Lewinson