It has been a bumpy summer for Chelsea this year.
After winning the league and reaching the FA Cup final last season, Antonio Conte must have felt that he was poised to lead a huge summer sending spree in order to catapult Chelsea back into the European elite.
Apparently, he was mistaken. Conte did not get the support that he wanted from his board, as he failed to land his major transfer targets. The Lukaku fiasco was a slap in the face for Conte, as the Italian had wanted Lukaku to lead the line this season.
In the end, Conte bought Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid, a top class striker but not someone that the Chelsea boss wanted in the first place. But things look to be getting better, as Morata has made a good start to his life at Stamford Bridge.
Conte was under huge pressure when Chelsea lost their first game at home to Burnley. The shocking defeat was a terrible way to start the season, which made Chelsea’s next match away to Tottenham even more crucial.
But Chelsea prevailed at Wembley, as Marcos Alonso’s brace gave Conte and Chelsea a very important victory.
Conte was preparing a huge deadline day, as he targeted Barkely, Drinkwater, Chamberlain and Llorente. But things have not worked out as of yet, with Chamberlain joining Liverpool and Everton rejecting a bid for Barkely.
Things got even worse when Tottenham matched Llorente’s 15 million bid, as Swansea are no longer compelled to sell the Spaniard to Chelsea.
Conte will be hoping that the summer window at least ends on a positive note for him and his club, other wise it could prove to be a very tough season ahead.