Antonio Conte leaves the reins at Chelsea after almost two years in charge. He came, he won silverware, he faltered, he lifted the FA Cup, then he left.
The Premier League at the fist shot has been clearly the masterpiece during his era at Stamford Bridge, where he loved hugging Chelsea fans while celebrating Chelsea goals. He did it on his first game at home, he repeated it again and again. This is Conte. This is Antonio, and no matter the bitter end.
The Italian man built a strong mentality, a perfect duo in midfield with N’Golo Kante alongside Nemanja Matic. The Serbian’s departure was one of the reasons behind Chelsea’s failure last season. No doubt.
2.14 – Antonio Conte averaged 2.14 points per game as a manager in the Premier League; only Sir Alex Ferguson (2.16) and Pep Guardiola (2.34) have averaged more in the competition's history (min. 10 games managed). Ciao. pic.twitter.com/UuI7atnlVD
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 13, 2018
Conte showed once again his commitment to the club by carrying on working with a regular timetable until he was eventually sacked from the club yesterday.
Diego Costa bust-up, a £9m compensation, 5th place in the Premier League last term dishonored an imposing start to the first season in charge, when he came in at Stamford Bridge after leading Italy to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. When he was desperately looking to bring Chelsea back to the title race. He did it, he won it and Blues made history again. Back to winning ways with an Italian man on the touchline, but this won’t be strange to Chelsea fans.
Win and then improve, win and keep pace even in the most difficult league in the world. It has been hard for Conte, it will be even harder for Maurizio Sarri. We hope the newly-appointed manager will be able to stay in charge for a long time. We hope he can look back at his job after almost two years and think: “Yes, I’m over the hump”.