When Antonio Conte was announced as the new manager of Chelsea, many Blues fans were jumping up, drinking themselves into a coma of joy. The Italian’s fascinating approach to management has captured the imagination of many over the years, however there are few things in particular the former Italian national team manager has already got wrong since taking over at Stamford Bridge.
No transfer window bottle
It was clear to everyone watching that the signings of Marcos Alonso and David Luiz in the summer reeked of last minute panic and desperation. They were quite clearly not Conte's first choices in terms of transfers, and the fact that they were signed shows that the Italian may not have made as much of a fuss about the whole situation as he should've.
Lack of connection
Diego Costa was seen to be asking to be brought off, following constant criticism from Conte, against Leicester City. His over-enthusiastic technique on the sidelines has been what many have known him for, however he needs to know his audience at Chelsea. Obviously a prick as big as Costa isn't going to appreciate it, and he needs to work out an even footing with those kind of players.
Copy + paste defence
The backline for Italy was known for it's constant displays of successful defending, and over time it turned into something of a brick wall. That has not translated over to London for Conte and he needs to work out what he wants to do with his defence, because he can't just copy and paste the same ideas and expect them to work every time. This is a different set of players, and he needs to be aware of that. Source: Mosdef
This pretty much follows up on the last point, but it needs to be said out loud. Gary Cahill is nowhere near good enough to be in this starting XI and if Conte thinks he is then he needs to be slapped. The game against Arsenal alone was enough to warrant him being dropped, and the constant adulation for him is entirely misplaced. He's just pretty shite in all honesty, and Conte needs to be strong and make the necessary change.
Constant formation changes
He needs to make his mind up. Clearly the varying formations have not being paying off in the early stages of the season, and Conte should be able to use his experience to adjust accordingly. There seems to be a deep rooted problem with getting this team to gel, and with the attacking players they have at their disposal that simply shouldn't be the case. Source: Football Beats