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Three things Antonio Conte must do to succeed at Chelsea

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It's safe to say that the 2015/16 season was bitterly disappointing for Chelsea.

The defending champions finished 10th in the league table behind the likes of Stoke City and Southampton as they struggled to recapture the form that had made them so dominant the previous campaign. To highlight Chelsea's dramatic fall from the top, the Stamford Bridge-based outfit earned 50 points, 37 fewer than last year.

Their disastrous run of form ultimately culminated in the sacking of Jose Mourinho - the most successful manager in the club's history - before Christmas.

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Antonio Conte is the man entrusted with restoring Chelsea to the summit of English and European football but his job is far from easy with multiple issues to be addressed.

Here we take a look at three major decisions that Conte will need to make going forward:

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Keep Eden Hazard

There is no denying that Eden Hazard didn't have a good season.

After being voted the PFA Player of the Season for the 2014/15 campaign, Hazard failed to turn up for the first half of the 2015/16 season.

Hazard failed to score a league goal for almost an entire year and many fans believed that his horrendous run of form was the major factor behind Chelsea's struggles.

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Despite his poor run of form, Hazard remains a top class player, as he proved with some of his performances towards the end of the season. With important strikes against Tottenham and Liverpool, Hazard showed that he can directly affect games and lift his team when needed.

At 25 years of age, Hazard is approaching his prime and Chelsea would be foolish to let a player of his calibre leave.

Bring in defensive reinforcements

Chelsea have long been known for their defensive structure and organisation but their back line let them down this campaign.

The Blues conceded an astonishing 53 goals the entire season - the 13th best in the division. The backline conceded 12.7 shots on target per game; hardly the rock solid defence we've grown accustomed to seeing at Stamford Bridge.

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Veterans John Terry and Gary Cahill seem to be past their conquering best and new recruits are needed.

Leonardo Bonucci is a rumoured target and could be keen to link up with former boss Antonio Conte.

Let Go Of Underperforming Players

Numerous Chelsea fans believed that the players let Mourinho down, ultimately resulting in the club icon's sacking.

And it isn't the first time Chelsea players have been questioned over their attitude and dedication to the team's cause.

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Going by Conte's reputation, the Italian will not tolerate any player tantrums and will even be prepared to let go of any big names who are a disruptive influence.

Players like Oscar, Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic have all had underwhelming seasons for the club and have appeared to lack motivation at various parts of the campaign.

The attitude of the playing staff must improve or they might be ruthlessly shown the door by Conte.

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