After a decent start for the Italian at Stamford Bridge, Conte’s magic has started to fade over the last three league games.
At times in the Swansea game, Chelsea looked shaky and were lucky to walk away with only the class of Deigo Costa saving their blushes.
It is during the Liverpool and Arsenal games where we have seen the cracks really start to show.
Against Liverpool, they lacked the quality and creativity we had seen earlier in the season. They allowed Liverpool to dictate the game and they were deservedly punished by a very impressive Liverpool side.
They did beat the Champions Leicester in the League Cup on Tuesday night. However, the relevance of a League Cup win is somewhat irreverent in the modern game.
Yesterday is the biggest concern from a Chelsea perspective. Arsenal completely mauled Chelsea in the first half.
The Chelsea players were confused school boys, unable to answer any of the questions asked of them by Arsenal.
I am not taking anything away from Arsenal, they were sublime. The moved the ball with speed and accuracy. They show a ruthless aggression and beat the Chelsea players into submission.
The Chelsea defence had a torrid game, Branislav Ivanovic looked like a player who has had his day at the elite level of football. Gary Cahill’s silly error let Sanchez put Arsenal in the ascendancy.
You could see in Conte’s face that he has realised how big of a job he has moulding this lost Chelsea team into a team who can challenge for the League.
A prime example of the problems at Chelsea is the fact they still rely heavily on 35-year-old John Terry. I rate John Terry highly, however, I believe Chelsea shouldn’t be solely reliant on players in the latter stages of their careers. Chelsea are never going to move forward if they keep needing to look back.
Conte seems to be the man who is able to handle the pressure that you get with managing at the Bridge, and we have seen from the start they made that if the Chelsea players embrace the Conte philosophy and work as a unit they can compete with anyone in the division.
However, the problem lies in whether the Chelsea squad want to and are able to adapt to the Conte way of thinking.
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