Antonio Conte’s debut in England ended in a Premier League trophy but the Italian mastermind is currently struggling to find any consistency and might struggle to break into the top-4, come the end of the season.
With just 56 points from 30 league games, Chelsea are currently in the 5th place in the points table, five points off local rivals Tottenham Hotspur, who are in the 4th place, with eight games of the season left. The Blues also crashed out of the Champions League early and though have a shot at the FA Cup trophy, will not be happy with the progress the side has made this season.
There has been a lot of talk about how Conte was betrayed by the Chelsea board and how he was not given enough funds to build his squad at Stamford Bridge but the continuous failures to find consistency this season might see Conte’s reign at Chelsea come to an end this summer.
The Blues are known to change managers frequently and it is actually interesting that Roman Abramovich, Chelsea’s owner has stuck with Conte, even after some futile results recently. So it does not come as a surprise that Chelsea are already looking at replacements and a number of high profile names are already doing the rounds. One name exciting many fans is Thomas Tuchel.
A target for Arsenal to replace Arsene Wenger this summer, Tuchel was kicked of Signal Iduna Park at the end of the previous season and has been without a job ever since. He won the DFB Pokal trophy over Bayern Munich in his first season in Germany but his falling out with Sven Mislintat and the lack of form on the field saw him get the sack last year.
Sven Mislintat is now a part of the backroom staff at Arsenal, making signing Tuchel a problem for the Gunners but is he the right man for Chelsea?
The Blues have always been a side known for their defensive stability more than for their attacking flair but Tuchel wants his football to be electric and exciting, which might be a problem for the players in the squad at Stamford Bridge.
At just 44, Tuchel is a respected manager in Germany but has little experience outside the Bundesliga and is a risk for Chelsea. His system will take its time to rub off on the squad and the players and he does not fit into the club’s system of trying to find instant success with managers.
Tuchel is a decent option for Chelsea but should not be their first choice to replace Conte this summer.