Why Antonio Conte is not to blame for the problems Chelsea are facing

One of the biggest mistakes Antonio Conte made last year was winning the Premier League. Had he not, fewer would be calling for his head at a time when Chelsea sit two points off the top four with a game in hand.

In a way, the current season is the one Conte was meant to deliver a year ago. For a team that had finished 10th in 2015/16, the top four would have been a success. Perhaps unwisely, however, Conte hoisted Chelsea to the top immediately – in a season where luck, injuries and fixtures all fell in his favour.

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