Eight of the players who began the game which delivered Chelsea their title belonged to that man, Jose Mourinho, and in Chelsea’s Conte transformation we have been discovered that you don’t need to be a controversialist or the personification of ego to win this division.
Nachdem an den beiden Tagen zuvor leistungsdiagnostische Tests angestanden hatten, bat der neue Chef-Trainer Domenico Tedesco seine Mannschaft am Montag (3.7.) vor rund 1000 Zuschauern zum ersten Mal auf den Platz.
‘You’, he seemed to say, pointing a finger at the manager.
This was surely a moment of utter wretchedness for the man who once sold Luiz and who proclaimed this group of players broken a year ago.
Conte has spoken less, spent less, criticised less, these past nine months and kept his eye on the prize.
He initiated the victory – his substitute Michy Batshuayi’s goal delivered it eight minutes from time – but the side was also so drilled to break through that they did not panic. In the war of attrition that Conte’s team’s last league challenge on the road turned out to be, there was evidence of what an extraordinary accomplishment this Italian’s season has been.