Chelsea manager – Antonio Conte – has been rewarded with a new long-term contract that will keep him at the Stamford Bridge until 2020 – reports Italian news outlet TuttoMercatoWeb.
Conte, who joined the Blues half of London only last summer, has agreed to sign a new three-year deal. This agreement, mathematically, extends Conte’s stay by one year with his initial contract only running until 2019.
Even though the Blues had a shaky start to their Premier League campaign, they managed to restore the parity since their 3-0 defeat at hands of Arsenal back in September. A tactical switch to 3-4-3 allowed the Blues to stretch their winning run until January 2017 (from September) and throughout the period, they managed to secure the top spot.
Right at this very moment, the Blues are sitting quite comfortably on the top of the log with a thumping eight-point lead. Besides that, they are also active in the FA cup as well and a recent 2-0 win over Wolverhampton has allowed them to progress into the next round of the competition where they will face Manchester United on March 11 and a victory over them will ensure Chelsea to move a step closer to secure a domestic double in Conte’s first season in charge.
Players like Victor Moses and Pedro, who were deemed as surplus to requirement by many, have been in top form and the sole reason is Conte’s tactical mastermind. His 3-4-3 system has allowed the attackers to move more swiftly into the channels, while at the same time, the defenders have a satisfactory cover as well.
All in all, Conte’s brilliance has put to effect perfectly this season and he is well worthy of gaining a new and improved contract.