Antonio Conte's five tasks when he arrives at Chelsea

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As the 2015-16 Premier League season draws to a close, the league table could not be further from what anyone who watches football could've imagined when the curtain was lifted in August last year.

The main headline will rightfully be the unlikely underdog triumph of 5000/1 title dreamers Leicester City and the remarkable rise of Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez & co.

Luckily for Chelsea, this season will be remembered for those players, for Claudio Ranieri and the greatest story in top flight history.


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Many, but not all, will forget the fall from grace of the previous season's victors and the demise of one of football's greatest ever managers, Jose Mourinho. A year down the line and Chelsea now look for new optimism under another new manager.

However, for the first time in the Roman Abramovich era, Chelsea face a huge rebuilding job to challenge for the top four, never mind the title next season.

The man entrusted with this responsibility is Mr. Antonio Conte, but what's on the to-do list upon arrival at Stamford Bridge for the Italian?

Make a decision on John Terry

Much of the second-half of Chelsea's season has been about the board's decision not to offer their captain a new contract, a decision that has not gone down well with Chelsea fans.

There still seems a glimmer of optimism within the Chelsea faithful that Conte will tear up the rulebook and insist Terry stays.

Unfortunately for Conte, he has been put in a difficult position by his new employers. It seems that Chelsea are reluctant to offer Terry a new deal, but will consider the opinion of Conte once he arrives at the club after the European Championships.

It would take a brave man to axe a fan favourite and club legend as one of his first acts at the club, although he has previous with Alessandro Del Piero at Juventus.

Alternatively, would there be a better way to endear himself to Blues fans than to be the man who saved John Terry's Chelsea career?

Remove the Deadwood

Whether you put it down to tiredness, lack of fitness, drop in form or just a bad attitude, the majority of the Chelsea squad have let the fans and the manager(s) down this season with their performances.

There will be departures, but many underperformers will also be retained. It will be Conte's job to assess the squad and decide, which players can offer something to the cause and which are better off elsewhere.

With major doubts over the futures of the likes of Oscar, Eden Hazard, Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois, don't expect all to either leave or stay this summer.

Establish an Identity

With Antonio Conte comes a reputation of an attacking, high intensity style with tactical adaptability. His infamous 3-5-2 formation from his Juventus days has been touted to follow him to London, with comparisons already being drawn on his use of Andrea Pirlo and Cesc Fabregas.

Whether it's three or four at the back, the main agenda is to establish a way of playing at Chelsea next season.

Throughout this campaign, Chelsea have looked clueless going forward, with no obvious game plan. The build up is slow, with a lack of width and movement in the final third.

When the game is open and the creative players, Fabregas, Pedro, Willian etc. are afforded space, then Chelsea can look as good a footballing team as any in the league. However, against any team that defends well, Chelsea seem to run out of ideas and rely on a mistake, a set piece or Costa brilliance to produce a goal.

Conte needs to inject some energy and ideas into this Chelsea team in order to restore them to a team that other fear to play.

Buy, and buy well

After a frankly shocking previous three transfer windows, Chelsea have fallen behind the best in England. The purchases of the likes of Papy Djilobodji and Michael Hector have been uninspiring and have failed to lift a squad that took its foot off the gas.

With Chelsea keen to comply with Financial Fair Play, it seems unlikely that there will be a repeat of the summers of 03, 04 and 05, where hundreds of millions were spent to assemble a squad worthy of challenging the best in Europe.

Instead it may be that three or four quality players are targeted to address the gaping holes in the squad, with players needed in defence, midfield and up front. The amount of players signed will depend heavily on how many players Chelsea are willing, and able, to offload.

The main issue will be getting quality, top-level players, as Chelsea will not have any European football to offer players. They'll need to rely on the deep pockets of Abramovich in order to persuade the best to move to London.

Get Hazard back to his best

Eden Hazard has been the most obvious underperformer for Chelsea this season, from PFA Player of the Year, to someone who scored their first open play goals in over a year last weekend. When he is in form, the Belgain is Chelsea's best and most important player, as demonstrated by the way he dragged his team to the title last term.

Due to his lack of form and some ill-advised comments made in the press, Hazard has upset many of the Stamford Bridge faithful, who would not be averse to his sale this summer. Such a decision could easily come back to haunt Chelsea, as it has with the sales of Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku.

Conte may believe so too and will want to keep hold of his most valuable assets. Don't be surprised to see Hazard back to his best next season, in a Chelsea team built around him.

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