Conte joins a long line of huge managerial names in the Premier League but can he bring success?
Chelsea fans would have been strongly encouraged by Conte’s Italy at Euro 2016 and will be hoping he can bring the same passion and level of performance to the Premier League. Whilst he will have a better squad at his disposal than he did with Italy, it is vitally important that he can replicate the tight-knit atmosphere he had with his national side.
His first move was to reassure fans and John Terry that he is the man to lead their side in the upcoming campaign. He said: “Terry signed a contract as a player and that will be his role. He knows the club and the spirit of the club. He is an important player.
“When a player deserves to play he will play. He will be captain. When he plays or doesn’t play he will always be captain.”
One of Conte’s obvious characteristics is his passion and work ethic. He emphasised the need for Chelsea to be playing Champions League football and be competing for league titles: “I am passionate. I am a worker. I like to win. I want to get us back into the Champions League and to win the title. All I want is to work, work and work.” Music to the ears of Chelsea fans.
The Chelsea manager stated that he believes his side are one of seven teams that can win the league this season. With domestic football their sole focus, Chelsea are currently 13/2 to be Premier League champions, 15/2 to win the FA Cup and 8/1 to achieve League Cup success.
Chelsea get off to a kind start at home to West Ham, followed by Watford away and Burnley at home and you can get 11/4 on Conte to win his first three games in charge.
Will Conte prove to be the best of the managerial appointments this summer and win the Manager of the Year accolade? 8/1 says he will.