It is difficult to sell Chelsea’s Premier League title triumph as anything moving toward a vibe decent tale or a story of against-the-chances achievement, especially in light of who they deposed to be delegated as EPL champions.
Be that as it may, while the Blues may have reestablished a more natural request of things in England’s top flight, the path in which Antonio Conte has engineered that masterclass feat offers much to respect – and a couple of lessons for his kindred ‘coaches’ Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger,Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp to notice.
It can’t be denied that Mourinho’s title-winning Chelsea vintage – consecutively in 2004 and 2006, then fresh in 2014-15 – neglected to move much love from the neutrals, a large number of whom dismissed the Portuguese’s obvious arrogance.
Chelsea have scored a larger number of goals than any other side in England’s top flight, 76 to be exact, and they have just been as productive as that in one other season — amid the 2009/10 season when they rounded up with 103 goals to their name.
Conte, who was hunting down his fourth successive league title having won Serie A three times on the turn with Juventus, was his typical all-activity self on the sideline, waving his arms and encouraging forward the unaltered XI he named after Monday’s win over Middlesbrough.
The Roman Army were not generally taking care of business under the lights at the Hawthorns, however, they took care of business before a little gathering of away fans — some of whom had allegedly befuddled up £1,800 (€2,120) to be there.
The triumph implies Chelsea have secured the Premier League in five of the most recent 13 years, a record that can only be beaten by Manchester United. It additionally implies Conte is currently the fourth manager to win the title in his first season, joining a celebrated rundown of Carlo Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho, and Manuel Pellegrini.
N’GOLO KANTE TACKLE
Despite the fact that he was an unused substitute on Friday as he recuperates from injury, Kante has won 54 times in 70 Premier League amusements, or in 77.14%.
Claudio Ranieri said of Kante: “I thought Kante have a pack loaded with batteries covered up in his shorts.”
Batteries, in the long run, keep running down, But PFA Player of the Year Kante is yet to hint at any signs of running flat.
Chelsea’s general control of the game this season has implied Kante needn’t be the inescapable cautious vermin he was for the Foxes. Still, only Everton’s Idrissa Gueye (132) has made more than his 114 tackles and he positions third for interferences and ball recoveries in the Premier League.
THE REBIRTH OF MOSES
You unquestionably wouldn’t have seen it coming… 22 games, two goals. 23 games, four goals. 31 games, three goals that the typical Super Eagles stats. Victor Moses’ three seasons on loan at Liverpool, Stoke and West Ham scarcely reserved him as one of the significant machine gear pieces in a title-winning side.
However, it is a position in which Conte has an ability for adjustment. Antonio Candreva has been one of Serie A’s most intense winters as of late but was used further by Conte for the national team. Candreva said of his then Italy manager in 2015:
“He prepares every game with a twisted maniac attention, both offensively and defensively.”
Such craziness solidified Candreva’s Italy spot and has made a Premier League regular of out of Moses – whose nonappearance was touted as the key figure a month ago’s defeat at home to Crystal Palace.
Conte may have tackled the issue from inside, saying of Moses prior this season:
“He deserves to remain with us this season, and furthermore now he’s deserving to play in the line-up.”
COSTA – HAZARD ATTACKING PROWESS
Regardless of whether Diego Costa and Eden Hazard truly were the “rats” Jose Mourinho bemoaned as his Chelsea return neared the final breath, he will know. What is sure, in any case, is that the duo has been restored by Conte.
Kept on a leash by the Italian, Costa has moved far from the disorderly little child that Mourinho let start ruckuses over the pitch and rediscovered his scoring touch. Costa scored in all except four of Chelsea’s 13 successive wins between October to December 31st.
At that point came the blip. Having gotten 14 goals in his initial 19 games this season, Costa has overseen six in 15 since a row with Conte in the midst of connections with Chinese moneybags.
In the wake of stewing in a goalless run of games, Costa struck twice and helped Hazard’s opener in a 4-2 win over Southampton which deleted recollections of a 2-0 turn around at the hands of Mourinho at Old Trafford.
While Eden Hazard has been essentially superb and registered 15 league goals which represent his best so far for Chelsea. As he approaches his pinnacle years, the Belgian is at the end of the day pulling in light of a legitimate interest for Real Madrid, with his redeployment as a playmaker behind Costa and that wondrous solo goal against Arsenal proposing he is back in the elite echelons of football entertainers.
CHELSEA GOALS SO FAR THIS SEASON
A quick rundown for Chelsea Premier League season in numbers
0 – Zero red cards for Chelsea players in league games this season.
2 – Players to have appeared in every Chelsea league game this term – Gary Cahill and Cesar Azpilicueta.
4 – Antonio Conte has now won the league title in his last four seasons as a club manager, having lifted the Serie A trophy three years running with Juventus before leaving to manage Italy.
Antonio Conte and his backroom staff celebrate
5 – Defeats, the third-best record – behind Spurs and United.
6 – Cesc Fabregas now has an unmatched six seasons with at least 10 Premier League assists.
13 – The club-record winning run that took Chelsea from eighth on the table at the end of September, with speculation over manager Antonio Conte’s future after only half a dozen games, to the top spot and looking unassailable.
16 – Clean sheets for the Blues, behind only Tottenham with 17. Ten of Chelsea’s shutouts came in that long winning run.
20 – Diego Costa’s goal tally, making him the Premier League’s third-highest scorer.
28 – Games won, which is more than any team in the top flight.
76 – The club’s goals total is the highest in the league.
114 – N’Golo Kante is second in the Premier League in the tackles count, behind Everton’s Idrissa Gueye on 134. That is a reversal of their positions last season when Kante was at Leicester and Gueye with Aston Villa.
3-4-3 – The title-winning formation to which Conte switched to spark the turnaround.
2,341 – Cesar Azpilicueta made more passes than any other Premier League player.
3,240 – Azpilicueta has played every minute of the campaign.
Salute to the Champions of the English Premier League!
All credit to the young, dynamic, inspiring, charismatic, thrilling, demanding and tactically astute manager Antonio Conte!
2 Potential Manager To Replace Hansi Flick
Hansi Flick awesome reign with the Bavarian giant is gradually winding down, as it’s looking likely that he may not further manage the Die Roten next season.
Bayern Munich’s quest to win the Champions League consecutively came to end on Tuesday night, via the UEFA’s away goal rules having lost the first leg at home to Paris Saint Germain in the quarter-finals despite being the better side at home.
The Bavarian giant will now focus on league duty and they’re no doubt the team in pole position to win the Bundesliga, as the 2020-21 campaign is gradually coasting home with fewer games left to be played. In that regard, there is a great need for Die Roten to start preparing for next season administration and coaching wise.
The friction relationship between Hansi Flick and the Sports Director has broken down to such as extent that the manager has decided to terminate his current contract.
Hansi Flick sent shock waves through German football on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Wolfburg which keeps the Bavarian in pole position to retain the league title. Hansi Flick issued a statement about his decision to exit when the current campaign draws to a close.
“I told the team today that I informed the club during the week, after the game in Paris, I would like to terminate my contract at the end of the season.
“It was important to me that the team learn this from me because there was already a lot of hallway rumours going around.
“We’ve done a great job together for almost two years. I’m absolutely impressed with this team, their quality and their attitude.”
He added: “I also want to thank the club that gave me the chance to manage this incredible team.
“This decision was not easy for me. I’m a fan of this club. Gerd Müller, Paul Breitner, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all were childhood idols for me.
“I’m eternally grateful to the club for the chance they gave me to become head coach here.”
It’s quite evident that a new manager would be appointed to pave way for a new rebuild of the team especially with the looming departure of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez.
Two potential top managers that could succeed Hansi Flick, should he accept Die Mannschaft managerial position.
- Julien Nagelsmann – (RB Leipzig)
Nagelsmann has been rumoured as a possible replacement to succeed not one but many managers in Europe’s top-flight leagues whose future with their respective clubs are not guaranteed. This time around, the 33-year-old has been rumoured to be one of the possible potential managers to succeed Hansi Flick.
It could be argued that Nagelsmann is the tailor-made manager to take over the reins at the Allianz Arena, and there is no doubt RB Leipzig manager would certainly harbour the dream of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe.
Nagelsmann is presently focusing on the job at hand with RB Leipzig, plus the fact that he’s still under contract with his employers until the end of the 2022-23 season.
With RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann flying high in the Bundesliga in terms of team performances, with next season European football spot already secured, the club’s Executive Director Oliver Mintzlaff may consider letting him leave to join their rival.
However, it’s left to be seen how things would shape up at the end of the campaign.
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- Jurgen Klopp – (Liverpool)
The relationship the German tactician has achieved thus far with Liverpool started in 2015 when he joined the Kop from Borussia Dortmund, since then he has achieved quite an incredible success with the Reds winning their first league title after thirty years and a Champions League triumph.
Liverpool were eliminated early in both domestic cup competitions and failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the Champions League, and it’s quite impossible to say that the Kop will defend their title with their current epileptic form in the Premier League especially when it’s looking done and dusted that the cityzen would clinch the title.
Having used close to six years with Liverpool since he joined the Anfield side, this could be the perfect time for the former Borussia Dortmund manager to take up a new challenge. However, despite Liverpool’s unpalatable 2020-21 campaign, the German has often reiterated that he is in no way finished at Liverpool, despite been link to the Bayern Munich and Die Mannschaft managerial position.
Given his incredible success with BVB, it’s quite evident that he would one day go on to manage either Die Roten or Die Mannschaft. Should Bayern secure the service of Klopp, he would certainly be the right and wise choice for the Bavarian giant.
At the end of the campaign, there would be a breath of fresh air in the Bavarian giant camp, with the new CEO Oliver Kahn taking the mantle of leadership from Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In that sense, it’s left to be seen if the incoming leader would sanction the appointment of a new manager or stick with Hansi Flick. Only time would tell.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.