With a record 30 league wins, Chelsea won the Premier League title last season in Antonio Conte’s first season in England and the Italian manager is aiming to retain the title next season.
The Blues produced master-class performances on their way to clinching the title and could even get better next season. From the defence to the midfield and to the attack, it was all displays of brilliance.
There were insinuations that Chelsea lack of Champions League football aided their Premier League glory last season, though it may be difficult, Conte has not relented in creating an enabling environment that will make them defend their title brilliantly, as they will now complete in the European competition next season.
And they remain the favourite to lift the title next season and the reasons cannot be far-fetched:
Of course, their rivals too have made some acquisitions this summer, but looking at Conte’s signings so far, the Italian boss has acquired arguably the best in almost each position; Antonio Rudiger for the defence, Tiemoue Bakayoko in the midfield and Alvaro Morata in the final third.
Formidable midfield partnership
N’Golo Kante won the Premier League with Leicester City in 2015/2016 season and repeated the same feat with Chelsea the following season, while Bakayoko was instrumental to Monaco winning the French Ligue 1 for the first time since 2000. Kante formed a formidable partnership with Nemanja Matic last season but his combination with his compatriot in the midfield will produce even better results.
Depth in squad
The Blues already have capable squad but Conte is not getting carried and has added high-calibre players to improve the depth of the team. They have got strikers who can give defenders a run for their money, flying wingers who can add to attack and also offer protection for the defence, with the midfield already boasting of qualities while the defence with David Liuz, Gary Cahill and Antonio Rudiger will be difficult to breach.
Knowing full what is at stake, Conte has shrugged off his initial frustration in the transfer market and have made