It goes without saying that last season was a nightmarish campaign for Chelsea.
To have surrendered their league title in such a fashion was shameful - from seemingly unassailable champions to mid-table fodder in just a season showed their pitiful backbone and weak mindset. Would this have happened ten years ago with stronger personalities of the ilk of Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba keeping John Terry company? It’s no wonder that Jose Mourinho began to lose his mind near Christmas time.
Antonio Conte won’t put up with any nonsense, nor should he. This is a Chelsea squad that doesn’t necessarily need an overhaul - after all, the majority of these players have a still-shiny league winners’ medal - but it certainly needs some tweaking. Even after the transfer window, there is deadwood in this squad that needs to be removed, and weaknesses that should be ironed out.
Conte is a perfectionist and he will have no problem identifying what needs to be done in order to bring glory back to Stamford Bridge. If needs be, then he will swing the axe without remorse if it means that Chelsea will return to dine at the top table.
...still to come on players who Conte still needs to get rid of...