Antonio Conte

2016 - 2018

Antonio Conte was the fifth Italian to manage Chelsea, following on from Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo. In common with the first three of those names, he was formerly at Juventus, in his case as both a player and a manager. Prior to Chelsea, he had been in charge of the Italy national side including at Euro 2016 where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals on penalties by Germany.

At Chelsea, Conte amassed more points by the halfway stage of the 2016/17 season than any Chelsea manager had in his first season at the club. Included in that were 13 straight league wins in a row which equalled the best by any English top-flight team in a single season. It earned the Italian the Premier League Manager of the Month awards for October, November and December. No one had won three of those in succession before.

The Italian became the third Chelsea manager to lead his side to the Premier League title in his first season in England with the Blues, who had topped the table since November, sealing the league championship courtesy of a 1-0 win at West Bromwich Albion on 12 May 2017. Conte also guided us to the 2017 FA Cup final but Arsenal were the winners there.

Although the season that followed did not match up to the previous one when it came to Premier League performance, with the Blues finishing fifth and outside the Champions League places, the Italian and his side ended it with another trophy, this time the FA Cup won with a strong tactical performance against Manchester United in the final. In the Champions League, we made it through the group stage before being knocked out by Barcelona. Conte left Chelsea in the summer of 2018.