Antonio Conte leaves Chelsea (Ouick Stats, what went wrong?), New Head Coach Maurizio Sarri in, will he live up to the high standards at the club? - Football News (ZW)

Antonio Conte leaves Chelsea (Ouick Stats, what went wrong?), New Head Coach Maurizio Sarri in, will he live up to the high standards at the club?

Antonio Conte Leaves Chelsea
Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte left Chelsea FC after two seasons as head coach of the London Club. The now formermanager arrived at the club in 2015, and went on to win the English Premier League title on his first season pulling the team up from its previous season’s 10th position when it was in the hands of now Manchester United club manager Jose Mourinho. And, recently in May 2018 Conte also won the domestic league Cup (FA Cup) beating a charged Manchester Utd squad in the cup final. However, the club management thought his efforts in leadership weren’t good enough to spare him the sack of the Roman Abramovich era, announcing on Friday the 13th of July his departure on a £9 million compensation payment. His departure makes the 8th full-time manager to be fired since Roman Abramovich purchased the club in the year 2003 and the drop has been received with varying reactions with most indicating that dropping the manager was a huge mistake for the club, basing on his coaching experience, and success rate as manager in the last five years, (four league titles and a domestic cup), compared to former Napoli’s manager Maurizio Sarri:

Here are some quick facts & stats of Conte;

-        Record 30 wins in the EPL during the 2016-17 season
-        Premier League win percentage of 67.1%
-        In his 2 seasons won 69 matches, drew 20 lost 17 of his 106 matches

Maurizo Sarri (Known for preferring substance over style, being a tactician, and plays immensely attacking football – nicknamed ‘Sarri-Ball’)

-        0 Trophies won as team coach
-        Empoli promotion playoff final (Division 1 football)
-        Led Empoli into Serie A promotion
-        A hailed Seria A 15th position finish with a tight budget squad
-        2 & 3 finishes in the Serie A with Napoli
-        Manager of the year Serie A 2016/17 Napoli

What might have pushed Chelsea’s management into making the decision to sack Antonio Conte is the teams’ failure to qualify for the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League- finishing on the 5th place, 30 points behind log leaders Manchester City, and stifled success in the Champions League last season which saw the team failing to get past the last 16, losing on an aggregate of 4-1 to Barcelona. Also, unexpected back-to-back league loses, notably at the close of the 2017-18 EPL season to middle teams to Watford 3-0, and Bournemouth might also had been major ‘push factors’ along with redundant departures of high profile players, Nemanja Matic (now at Manchester Utd), and Diego Costa’s return to his former club (Atletico Madrid).

Antonio Conte’s Future?

Roberto Frabbricini head of the Italian Football Association reported that the former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is ‘eager’ to lead the Italian National Team for a second time. 

Antonio Conte’s EPL Records

Goals For
Goals Against
Manager of the Month
Manager of the Season
Premier League Champion 1

Prospects of successor, Sarri

Maurizio Sarri Joins Chelsea
Maurizio Sarri
Well, Maurizio Sarri, though armed with little experience of managing high profile teams, is known for challenging the odds and winning, which means he might stand as a good pick for the team.
Overall, he has been described as tactful and a coach in the purest form. He is also known for the best defensive tactics in the Serie A which might see a much awaited improvement of Chelsea’s defense which has for quite a long time been under scrutiny even since Jose Mourinho’s last stint at Chelsea, and worsening in some periods during Conte’s era.

Maurizo dragged along his talisman, Jorginho who holds 9 Serie A of Top 10 single game passing records (mostly forward passing).

Maurizio Sarri & Jorginho Image 
Maurizio Sarri begins his 2018/19 campaign with Chelsea on the 11th of August against Huddersfield (11/8 at 16:00 PM).

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