If rumours are true, Antonio Conte will be Chelsea manager come the end of Euro 2016.
After announcing his decision to leave the Italian national team after this summer’s Euros, Conte has said that he will most likely coach a team in England. This essentially confirmed the rumours of his new managerial position at Chelsea Football Club.
It is common for a new manager to bring new tactics to a football club, so what will Conte bring to Chelsea in terms of a new formation?
Conte is known to implement either a 3-5-2, 4-3-3, or 4-4-2 with his teams. This can be seen in his current Italian side as they prepare for this summer’s competition.
With Chelsea’s 4-2-3-1 showing to hold some weaknesses this season, a new formation will be welcomed with open arms and minds.
If Conte were to bring a 4-4-2, a new Chelsea could come with it. It is highly possible that Conte will look to freshen up the squad with new additions.
Rumours suggest these players might be the likes of Arturo Vidal, Leonardo Bonucci, Gonzalo Higuain, and Radja Nainggolan, to name a few.
With players of this quality coming in, Conte’s new tactics and formations will only benefit Chelsea. The starting XI may consist of a midfield of Fabregas and Vidal. A strike partnership of Costa and Higuain. A defense of Zouma and Bonucci. The possibilities for this new and improved Chelsea side would boundless.
A 4-4-2 would make for a much more dangerous Chelsea side. A team that has currently looked very dull, inconsistent and boring through the duration of the season, can light up the league in a year’s time.
The 4-4-2 would bring a much more aesthetically pleasing form of football from the side.
Here is what a 4-4-2 would look like this season:
Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta
Hazard, Fabregas, Mikel, Willian
If you are a football fan you may realise that there are some weaknesses here and the team could use the additions Conte is looking to bring.
With Terry looking unlikely to get a new contract, Bonucci would be a welcome addition at the back in the heart of defense. Vidal would bring the physicality and attitude back to the midfield. Higuain would bring experience and goals to the front line next to Diego Costa.
So it is inevitable that Conte is likely to be the next Chelsea manager. It is also likely he will bring in new players for a new formation.
The Chelsea faithful must accept this with open arms. A new style could bring success back to Stamford Bridge for years to come. The 46-year-old Italian has time on his side and could see Chelsea bring trophies to Chelsea for years to come.