The divine comedy of Conte

13 July 2017

You win a champion's title with new club in the very first year. At first you are dissatisfied first with the transfers; you are able to work with what you have: you move the wing defender to the center, you bring to starting XI the Nigerian who was considered to be hopeless. But it worked.

The divine comedy of Conte

In a remarkable manner that combination creates a furor and your team creates records on number of victories during the season. You become a hero. Roaring on a curb, embracing fans, you get on the front pages of newspapers and you lift a champion cup, and your fiery interviews appear on the Internet quicker, than video with the goals of your team.

The new summer comes. For the whole season you were called "godfather" of the team. Because you are Italian, of course, but now you hope that, having become really the godfather – in your own right now - you will be able to do what you wanted to do a year ago. To buy those players whom you want to buy quickly and calmly.

No. It doesn’t work like this. You’ve mistaken the club, old cap.

Antonio Conte is now in a difficult situation and any outcome will turn out to be explosive. This all resemble the debut movie of Quentin Tarantino.

Having won the Premier League with the scheme 3-4-3 and without any chances for the rival, Conte has given to the club the list of transfer aims and has dreamt, of course, that all will come true. But the coach in Chelsea is not God-almighty of the level of Arsène Wenger in Arsenal or José Mourinho in "MU". And even not the level of Juergen Klopp in Liverpool and the abilities of scousers are limited. The coach in Chelsea is under God who is the only and crowned, and also under the whole crowd of misters and ladies who are responsible for transfers starting with Michael Emenalo and Marina Granovskaia.

Some words about Mourinho. He has provoked the last wave of messages on Conte's dissatisfaction, having taken away from him one of the main transfer goals – Romelu Lukaku. All wrote that Chelsea was interested in this Belgian for some months and even longer.

However, let’s start with the beginning! Firstly, Conte has quarreled with his main forward Diego Costa. That wasn’t a surprise – the Spaniard with his troublemaking character has decided to move quietly to China and has said that he had a trauma in order not to play for Chelsea and not to get the real trauma. Conte with all his temper has told Diego that he can go whatever he wants. Costa has already packed his suitcases but China has cancelled the transaction, having motivated this step by the new strict limit that was introduced in their championship. As a result, Costa and Conte wonderfully have made friends again and all bad feelings of ill-wishers haven't come true: Chelsea has reached a champion's title, despite this conflict. Costa, however, after the conflict with Conte was playing much worse, has scored fewer goals and in general in every possible way he demonstrated that he was a creative person.

Conte has quarreled with his main forward Diego Costa

Conte has appeared to be the bigger strategist than it was possible to assume. In summer after the matches of the national teams, he has told Diego that in new season no one will be glad to see him in team and Costa has finally burned bridges, having told about these words to journalists. It is obvious that after such radical step, actually bringing the head forward on a transfer, Conte was thinking about new forward.

For the press and fans the choice was obvious - Romelu Lukaku. He has played for Chelsea when he was young and was playing in Everton and he constantly was telling that he loved the London club. Clubs were negotiating. And were still negotiating. And still negotiating. And when some days ago the news came that United had taken away from Chelsea its main transfer goal Internet has blown up.

Two days have passed and Romelu has already written in twitter that he is the player of United. Medical examination was done, bags of money together with Wayne Rooney are sent to Liverpool. Conte is a mad as a March hare. Now his team is left in fact with one Michy Batshuayi as the forward, and it is ridiculous bearing in mind serious tasks in Premier League and, by the way, the Champions League. Now Conte has to play for a sucker and to make friends with Costa, or to find quickly someone else.

The peace with Costa is doubtful decision and it is doomed to fragility. Two hot-tempered men in one team on leading roles have quarreled already for two times and for sure will quarrel again. But there are left only few center forwards whom Chelsea could buy. These are Álvaro Morata and Andrea Belotti but the price tags can frighten off even "MU", and … all other teams.

Harry Kane, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappé are fantasy variants, no one will sell anybody to Chelsea. And at the same time, any option which will be at Conte's disposal now is not that player whom he wanted at the very beginning. A way to nurse him.


Meanwhile, Lukaku as it became clear has eyes for United for a long time where one of his best friends Paul Pogba is playing now. It turns out that Conte who has given the order to people, responsible for freshers was a loser. The situation with buying the forward to Chelsea a month before the beginning of the season turns into the tragicomedy.

Chelsea bosses have found one more way to nurse Conte. They are buying Antonio Rüdiger for defense from Roma. But Rüdiger is not a plaster for all sores as the matches of the national teams have shown and defense is not the biggest problem in Chelsea.

One more question: whether they will buy Conte somebody to a midfield. Among candidates is the name of Tiemoué Bakayoko. Now all want to take some talented players from Monaco. His arrival actually would mean that it is necessary to say goodbye to Matić who is considered by everyone (including Conte) to be a weak point in midfield.

But Lukaku's transfer to United has played its role even here. Mourinho was ready to return Matić: he is looking for a holding midfielder. Now, when "MU" has beaten Chelsea in the battle for the forward, Londoners don’t want to sell Matić to United. This is a point of honor. As for now Matić will be with Chelsea and there is no need for Abramovich to buy new midfielder.

Conte is now in a difficult situation and any outcome will turn out to be explosive.

Of course, we don’t really know how Conte is reacting to unsuccessful as for now transfer window of Chelsea. There is the time to choose the players for the coach. And still it is better for champions to recover quickly from that failure with Lukaku and to move further.

The club that has become the champion always has some problems while defending its title. Opponents are familiar with your tactics and all of them can strengthen their teams. And Chelsea if it doesn't choose players for Conte, is risking to lose the title.

And, what is possible, the club can lose Conte: if not this summer, so the next summer. Meanwhile the club doesn't provide him with all those players he needs. And what? Even the godfather can freak out.

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