Chelsea has shown why they have been such a dominant force over the last decade. After a lackluster previous campaign, Chelsea has been clinical, ruthless, and brilliant under Antonio Conte’s first season at charge. These make them a strong contender for UEFA Champions League 2017/18.
The grit to win
Conte’s men have shown that they are willing to compete in the biggest European club tournament. It is clear that a Premier League title is not enough for them, and they want to emulate the success in the next season’s Champions League. Chelsea has won the tournament two times in the last decade, and could be considered the only successful English side after Manchester United in Europe’s grandest stage.
Chelsea will be further strengthened the next season after Conte confirming that they will spend big in the summer transfer market. Players like Hazard, Willian, Fabregas, and Kante are ready to relish the challenge posed in next year’s UCL.
Players with stellar quality
To win Europe’s biggest tournament, there is no doubt that the quality of players is an imperative factor. Fortunately, Chelsea are blessed with this in abundance. Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante, Cesc Fabregas, and Azpilicueta are few to be named in a technically brilliant Chelsea squad. They could bring in Romelu Lukaku from Everton making a perfect combination of defensive solidity and attacking flair.
Center-backs who can read the game well, and the never tiring wing-backs will be key to Chelsea’s success. However, Chelsea would be looking to field in a creative central midfielder as Fabregas looks well past his prime, and few players can offer that kind of quality.
The ever running Kante
The need of a deep-lying playmaker or a box-to-box midfielder are imminent to win any major clash and specially when up against a potent attack. Chelsea’s Kante has been a revelation since last season with Leicester. After bagging all Premier League’s individual trophies, Kante has been the best player of the season.
It will be essential from Conte’s point of view to field Kante in his natural position, and give him freedom to not only intercept, but to spread the play and launch a shot or two in and around the 18-yard box, a quality he has honed since joining Chelsea. Kante could well be Juventus’s Pjanic or Real Madrid’s Casemiro, two world class central or holding midfielder who were astounding this season.
A big budget summer market
As mentioned earlier, Chelsea will go all guns blazing in the coming summer transfer market. Lukaku and Bakoyoko are all set to join the Blues with veteran defender Leonardo Bonucci considered to be the next marquee signing.
Lukaku will provide ammunition up front, although Diego Costa had a decent season, Conte has already asked him to pack his bag. Bakoyoko has been a revelation in AS Monaco’s fruitful season. The French midfielder can sit deep and dictate the tempo of the game, much like Nemanja Matic.
However, it will be the arrival of Bonucci, a player whom Conte and the whole World adore. Despite ageing, Bonucci is perhaps the best defender in the World at present. The diagonal balls and his leadership skills are unparalleled. The arrival of Bonucci will mean Conte sticking to his 3-5-2 formation.
The ever passionate Italian is a tactical mastermind. Antonio Conte has tasted success everywhere during his short yet productive managerial career. The three-man defense, which is unusual in the Premier League was one of the main reasons behind Chelsea’s league success.
Conte will stick to his tactics, and his strategy when closely studied resembles what Zidane has done this season with Real Madrid. He has allowed the midfielders to maraud forward, but asked them to track back maintaining a compact formation.