Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, N’Golo Kane, Michy Batshuayi to make Antonio Conte’s life easier
Eden Hazard is to return to form for Chelsea following an awful 2015/16 season when he scored just four times – his joint worst tally from his first full season with Lille.
Yet in his two previous seasons with the Blues he has scored 14 times in both with nine and seven assists respectively.
Last season was one to forget for everyone connected with Chelsea – they finished a shocking tenth, sacked Jose Mourinho and had no cup success!
The new man in charge is Antonio Conte who joins after coaching the Italian national team – as a club manager he started with Arezzo, then to Bari where he won the Serie B title, before joining Atalanta and Siena. He next move was to become the Juventus boss.
In his three years in charge of the Old Lady he enjoyed a lot of success – he changed the team’s formation to 3-5-2 and helped them to win three consecutive Serie A titles and Panchina d’Ora (coach of the year) awards.
As a player Conte was quick, combative and energetic something that he now expects from his players. If the game is not going according to plan he is happy to change tactics mid-match.
If Hazard is in form then so will Chelsea be! In the build up to tonight’s match against West Ham he said: “It’s a fresh start. We have one objective together, to do better than last season. We try to forget last season and be ready for the future.”
It is incredible to think that this season is Chelsea’s first year without European football in 20 years – some will feel that this will allow them to focus on returning to the top of the table.
Conte has already signed N’Golo Kane from Leicester and Belgian Michy Batshuayi from Marseille but he is expected to bring in some more signings before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Like Hazard another key man who under performed last season for the Blues was Diego Costa – he only scored 12 times last season which was very disappointing considering he netted 20 times in his first season with the club and 27 times in his last year with Atletico Madrid.
If the Spanish international can find his scoring boots it will make Conte and Chelsea’s life much better!
The Blues are 13/2 to win the title with Costa 20s to finish the season top scorer.
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