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Antonio Conte: The new leader at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Conte needs to achieve 5 things at Chelsea

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Chelsea's underwhelming last season amounted to their worst campaign of the Roman Abramovich era. 

Finishing in tenth, the Blues never looked like the side that had won the title just over a year ago. 

However, they are ready to overturn those fortunes, as the appointment of Antonio Conte as manager will surely lead the club in a positive direction. 

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The Italian boss is currently with his national side at Euro 2016 and will be joining his new club after fulfilling his commitments in France. He will have less time to settle to life in England than his peers, but he still has big plans upon his arrival. 

So, what are Conte's main objectives when he takes over from interim boss Guus Hiddink? 

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Defence the priority 

Chelsea's defence lacked discipline last season. There is an abundance of quality present in the back-line, but Conte needs to rejuvenate them. A new signing in that area is definitely an option to consider. 

Conte is pragmatic in nature, so he isn't expected to make drastic changes. Serie A stars are inevitably being linked with the Blues and the club are hopeful of securing at least one world-class centre-back. 

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Kalidou Koulibaly is high on their wishlist, but they need to be careful. According to ESPN, Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has warned he could take legal action because the uncertainty surrounding the player's future is costing them money. 

Antonio Rudiger and Leonardo Bonucci are other targets who could stabilise Chelsea at the back. 

Keeping the squad together 

The performances of the 2015-16 term must have taken their toll on the confidence of the squad. 

The majority of the first team represent their respective national teams, and with no European football to look forward to next year, many of them could be tempted to move on. 

Conte's job is to convince them to remain at the club. 

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World-class signings 

Chelsea may have had a poor season, but they are no minnows. Under Abramovich, the Blues have always succeeded in attracting players of extraordinary quality. 

The only problem is that without Champions League football, persuading players to move to Stamford Bridge could be more difficult than usual. 

The incoming boss might therefore have to target players he already has a good relationship with. 

If Chelsea can achieve the results they want in the summer transfer window, they can easily get back among the elites. 

Team spirit 

Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti told the Telegraph that when he was Juventus manager and needed one player to lead, Conte was the "obvious choice". 

That should assure the Blues faithful that Conte is an uncompromising figure who will inspire Chelsea to have more team spirit. 

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Conte's insightful methods and tactics will help them progress, but he will also be urging loyalty from each and every individual at the club. 

The 46-year-old is the ideal candidate to guide Chelsea forward from their current position. 

More aggression 

It's easy to see how aggressive Conte can be on the touchline. He clearly has the passion and drive for success in every project he undertakes and Chelsea would not be any different.

For much of last season, the west London outfit looked void of confidence and that contributed to some horrendous displays. 

Conte may not have the most talented side at this disposal, but by demanding aggression from his players, he can make sure he gets the best out of them. 

As quoted by the London Evening Standard, Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said of his outgoing manager:

"Conte is a big coach and I’m convinced he will be an excellent one at Chelsea. 

"A Conte team is strong in defence and works constantly, day to day."

Chelsea players who are not willing to bestow their absolute best for the team will clearly have no place in his squad. His Chelsea team will be a cohesive unit rather than a bunch of individuals, and that is what could help them progress. 

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