Despite being sacked a season later, his accomplishments during his two-season spell at King Power Stadium will unquestionably reside forever among the supporters. Nonetheless, it appears that it wasn’t the first grief the instrumental figure suffered from Premier League, as he was previously axed by Chelsea in 2004, just a year after Roman Abramovich epoch embarked on.
The remarkable tactician was replaced by Jose Mourinho notwithstanding the club records he broke for the Blues, which includes the fewest goals conceded and the highest number of points in a season. Further, they finished second in the league that year, and even approached the Champions League semi-finals.
The Londoners have portrayed exceptional performances since, grabbing a few English titles, and even a significant Champions League trophy. They prevail as the Premier League Champions at the moment. However, Conte’s side seems to be suffering from a pernicious spell, as the Blues now reside at the fourth position on the table, nine points behind the club at the top.
Ranieri thinks he knows why the unfortunate issue has materialised, despite the extraordinary performance they displayed last year. He believes it’s the abrupt switch of the striker, and subtly, the injuries.
Speaking about the current disoriented spell of Chelsea, the influential coach told Corriere Dello Sport: “What has Chelsea’s problem been so far? It’s down to the injuries and the changes in the squad. It’s not easy to go from Diego Costa to Morata.
“The first [Costa] is a leader, he carries the team on his shoulders and plays with anger, with force and sheer will. The other [Morata] is more of a dribbler. When you change your centre-forward, you have to also change your approach.”
The Spanish international has found the net 7 times in 11 appearances for the Blues, which is appreciable despite the speculations, and is widely considered a hero for the performance he put up for the Conte’s side against Atletico Madrid.
With the current campaign being his first at Chelsea, the 25-year-old is expected to settle in by providing better plays for the English Giants, and eventually drive the Blues as their prodigious striker.
Written by Hritwik NE
Passionate writer, coated in Blue.