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The Conte Era Begins

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Finally football is back and Chelsea fans are eager to move on from what was the worst season in a generation.

Hiddink has gone and now it is up to our new Italian manager to try and steer Chelsea back towards the top half of the table. I am feeling apprehensive with just an hour left to go until kick-off of a new season.

The Antonio Conte era at Chelsea is about to begin and from what we can tell nobody is sure what to expect.

The team is essentially the same one that finished 10th last season but also the same as the one crowned Champions the year before.

Conte Era Signings

The new manager has made a good first impression and seems to have a clear direction. I worry that with N’Golo Kante the only major signing that the season start seems to have

I worry that with N’Golo Kante the only major signing that the season start seems to have come too early as Conte looks to rebuild. I think we will see new arrivals before the end of the transfer window and that Conte will reshape the side.

I think we will see new arrivals before the end of the transfer window, and that Conte will reshape the side to overcome the naivety of our performances last season. We still have quality all over the pitch; it is just time to see it all working together.

Hopefully Conte has been able to instill a tactical discipline into the team that will allow them to overcome West Ham United and give an impetus at the start of the season.

Expectations may be lower than they have been for over 15 years at the start of the season. A good start would go a long way to banishing the memories of last season and create a platform to rebuild from.

Whatever happens win or lose up the Blues…..




Chelsea Pre-Season – Conte Getting It Right

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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.