Our season has been a mixture of good fortune and bad luck. We are currently third in the league, due to inconsistency on our part, and we’ve been knocked out of the Carabao Cup, no thanks to a poor showing from Antonio Rudiger and some bad second half display on Wednesday. We still have a chance of finishing strongly, but so far, I have to say it’s not been the ‘Chelsea kind of season’.
Fans are mostly unhappy with the overall performance, and coach Antonio Conte isn’t any happier. He has been making comments that suggest he is frustrated with the current state of things at the club. He has spoken over and over again about his seeming non-participation in the decision making as per transfers, and that is obviously a way of saying things might have been better if the club went for his players, and not otherwise.
Although I understand his frustration and unhappiness with the way things are at the moment, we’re third at the moment after winning the league in stunning fashion last season, and the club’s reduced spending power in recent transfer windows, I think Conte needs to apply some restraint in voicing his opinion of things.
If anything, going about things the way he has portrays disunity at Chelsea. It paints an awful picture of us in the league of clubs, and suggests the coach isn’t getting full support from the management.
I know that the ideal thing is a coach should have a say in what players go in and out a club, but then, every club operates a system they deem fit for them. The system Chelsea uses doesn’t give the coach absolute authority, but it allows him be carried along. Conte was aware of this before he became coach at Chelsea, or wasn’t he? Maybe not, but then, what is wrong with mature dialogue with his employers. Stylishly criticizing your club’s transfer policy in public is unethical, and should be stopped.
Knowing who Roman Abramovich is, and with Conte’s current run of games, it wouldn’t be a surprise if his recent comments got him the boot. It may seem a little extreme to think so, but Abramovich has shown himself as a man who likes winning and some humility in people working with him. Conte has two options the way I see it – walk away to another club since he isn’t too happy, or shut up, and work with the players he has.