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Chelsea Pre-Season – Conte Getting It Right

By Chelsea NewsNo Comments

A good Chelsea pre-season can be the launchpad to an excellent season, but a lack of preparation can give teams a hangover that can take month’s to clear. Chelsea will be looking to learn the lessons of last season and use pre-season as a base to create a positive start to the season.

Last season, one of the contributory factors to Chelsea’s horrific start was a disjointed pre-season. They arrived at Cobham for the start of pre-season already into mid-July and jetted off for a North American tour the next day. The team never really got time to settle in before the treadmill of a high publicity tour kicked off, and the lack of cohesion was clear on the pitch.

The result was a slow start that fuelled tensions that bubbled to the surface creating a vicious circle of negativity. Key players were not at peak fitness and resulted suffered.

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Chelsea Pre-Season

This season Chelsea have a new manager in Antonio Conte, one that is renowned for his tactical prowess and commitment to training. The players arrived back slightly earlier than last season despite the Euros and will have a few days to get acclimatised to the new working dynamic before setting off on another North American tour.

Ideally, the Blues would stay in the United Kingdom to focus on building for the season ahead. There is a commercial pressure that necessitates these tours to drive a new wave of overseas support.Chelsea are well supported in the United States and have active supporters groups across the country that proudly display their flags at Stamford Bridge.

The team will play three matches in the United States before heading back to the UK, ten days before the new season starts. Blues fans will be hoping they continue the tradition of a low-key friendly at Stamford Bridge before the season starts.

Chelsea v Norwich Is About Taking A Step In The Right Direction

By Chelsea FC HistoryNo Comments

The arch is blueChelsea are currently 16th in the Premier League table, something that I have not seen since the first couple of seasons supporting Chelsea. The most memorable of which was the 1993/1994 season where we sat near the bottom of the table at Christmas.

Glenn Hoddle was in charge at the time and he was able to turn things around with the help of a run to the final of the FA Cup.

That season Chelsea rallied to finish mid-table but got thumped 4-0 in the FA Cup against Manchester United (I still dream of that Gavin Peacock effort dropping over the line instead of cannoning back off the crossbar.

What does this have to do with our current situation?

Well not alot really, Chelsea are a different team with a different culture and expectations to back then, I guess sometimes nostalgia gets the better of us. Something our next opponents will surely share with us having finished that season in 12th place, something they would definitely take at the end of this campaign.

At the time this felt like an amazing season to make a major cup final for the first time in decades and stay up. This is not going to cut it this season.

This season we are staring into the unknown, I am not sure what constitutes a good season from this point. The top four seems so far away but must be the objective as long as it is mathematically possible.

All we can do is take it one game at a time starting with Norwich.

The game against Norwich is one where a big performance is expected, the international break has taken the pressure off temporarily, now is the time to step and get back on the scoreboard. A win will not save our season, but it will be a start.

I am hoping I will see some real performances from some of our key players, I want them taking responsibility for leading from the front.