After getting off to a promising start to life at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte has been served a stern reminder that managing Chelsea is no walk in the park.
The Italian faces the unenviable task of overturning a series of poor results – the most recent being a 3-0 dismantling at the hands of Arsenal at the Emirates.
Chelsea have picked up just a single point from their last three Premier League outings, leaving them eight points off the pace with ten and many fans questioning their summer transfer activity.
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The Stamford Bridge faithful could be forgiven for expecting Conte to lead a drastic overhaul of a squad that at times appeared to lack any desire to defend their league title last season.
However, it seems the manager is likely to share the supporters' disappointment in the Blues’ inability to take action during the summer.
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The Times reports that Roman Abramovich will allow Conte to reshape the Chelsea squad after initially convincing him he was inheriting a talented group of players who had merely underperformed with Jose Mourinho in charge last term.
While the former Italy and Juventus boss did not demand wholesale changes when he joined the club following Euro 2016, it has been revealed he could only sign one player – N’Golo Kante – from his personal list of transfer targets.
Michy Batshuayi was deemed a suitable addition by sporting director Michael Emenalo, whereas David Luiz, Marcos Alonso and Eduardo were brought in as emergency reinforcements during the closing stages of the window.
Feeling deprived of the talent required to compete at the highest level, Conte has seemingly all but given up hope of guiding the current group of Blues back to the forefront of English and European football this season.
The January transfer window rarely involves the acquisition of several big-name players to help transform a squad in desperate need of fresh faces.
But if anyone is willing to invest enormous amounts of money at short notice, Abramovich has certainly proven he is capable of doing so.
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