They are about to win the Premier League title, they are in the FA Cup final, they have been the best team of the season in England, but next season is going to be a whole different case, with Champions League football for them, and Antonio Conte has no doubts over what the club need to do to stay competitive next year.
For sure we need more players
the Italian manager told reporters ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League match against Middlesbrough, practically telling owner Roman Abramovich he needs to spend this summer.
I think every team risks losing big players. I understand, but this is a process. I think no one thought this season that Chelsea could fight to win the title and could fight to be in the final of the FA Cup
Conte then said, commenting on rumours that important players like Diego Costa, or Eden Hazard, could leave the Stamford Bridge this summer.
For sure, we are in a moment of transition. We are losing a lot of top players who have written the story, the history, of this club. This season we lost Ivanovic, we lost Mikel and, next season, we’ll have lost Terry. Three players. Don’t forget Oscar, who went in the transfer market when we sold him. Now it’s very difficult to face this problem [referring to Costa] and I don’t want to think about this problem. I want to focus on the present and be prepared to face every situation and find the right solution
the Chelsea manager said. The Blues spent the season practically relying on 14 players, but this summer they can add at least five players to their roster and the list they’ll send UEFA.