Chelsea fans in the Football Transfer Tavern have been rather impatient in recent weeks, seeing other clubs make their mark in the transfer market or unveiling their new managers. Well now they can start to get excited as well.
With Italy now out of Euro 2016, manager Antonio Conte is now free to begin his reign at Stamford Bridge, having agreed to have charge earlier this year.
If his Italy side’s performances this summer – alongside his own passionate and thoroughly entertaining demeanour – are anything to go by, then Chelsea fans have every reason to be excited at the prospect of the former Juventus and Bari manager taking charge ahead of the new season.
The Italian managed to take his Azzurri side all the way to the quarter-finals of this summers tournament in France, where they were then unlucky to be knocked out by current World Champions on penalties, in what was one of the most memorable and calamitous shoot-outs of recent times.
Despite being finalists back in 2012, the squad’s progress came much to the surprise of the country with his side being dubbed the ‘worst ever’ by fans and pundits alike – but can now return home with their heads held firmly high.
Among their star performers was the unlikely name of Emanuele Giaccherini – the Sunderland flop who was unable to hold down a regular starting place at the Stadium of Light and was promptly loaned to Serie A side Bologna.
The midfielder’s tireless and classy displays in the centre of the park have turned many a head, including those of the Chelsea fans, with the former Juventus man now being linked with a reunion with Antonio Conte at the Bridge next season.
According to the players agent, a move to Chelsea would be ‘a dream’ for Giaccherini, and our local fans at the bar think the switch would be a wise one. They’ve given us three reasons why Antonio Conte could get the best out of his Italy star next season if he were to make the switch to the Bridge …..
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