Pundits have argued that Chelsea’s conquest of the Premier League title was hugely hinged on the number of competitions they were involved in. For the most part of the season, Conte used no more than 14 players in his entire squad.
The Blues featured in the domestic competitions but the Champions League and that gave the team a leverage as they had more time to rest in-between games unlike Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal.
Nonetheless, Chelsea will return to the Champions League next season, and if they must remain competitive in all the competitions, they Conte must bolster his team with quality options as a matter of necessity in the transfer window.
Chelsea are on the brink of clinching the double this season but Conte is already setting his sight on the coming transfer window following his revelation per the Metro.
‘Don’t forget that Tottenham dropped out of the Champions League at the first group stage, and then dropped out in the first round of the Europa League (knock-out stage),’ he said.
‘If you consider the amount of our games and their games, there is a difference of what, eight games?
‘But if you consider the squads, the numbers in each squad, you can see the difference: one team prepared to play the Champions League with 25 or 26 players, and another who prepared to play the League, the FA Cup and the League Cup.
‘Do we need more players? Yes for sure.’
Conte was involved the transfer market last summer but the only players he bought that have added value and commands first team football are N’golo Kante and David Luis. If Kante picks up an injury, there is no like-for-like replacement for the French.
Other aspects of the team Conte should be looking at is the defense, and attack. Diego Costa is on the cusp of completing a transfer to a club in China and he cannot leave without a replacement.
The Blues have been linked with a plethora of star players including Alvaro Morata, Tiemoue Bakayoko and others but until the transfer market comes alive before we’ll know how serious Conte is with his submission.