Gal­las ex­pects Conte to re­vive Chelsea

The African - - POT POURRI -

WIL­LIAM Gal­las has backed in­com­ing Chelsea man­ager An­to­nio Conte (pic­tured) to re­vive the club’s for­tunes fol­low­ing their mis­er­able 2015-16 sea­son.

Chelsea’s Pre­mier League ti­tle de­fence was noth­ing short of hor­ren­dous and they ended the cam­paign in 10th place.

Jose Mour­inho paid the price for Chelsea’s dis­mal start to the sea­son by be­ing sacked in De­cem­ber, be­fore Guus Hid­dink stead­ied the ship and staved off any threat of rel­e­ga­tion.

Conte will take over at Stam­ford Bridge af­ter lead­ing Italy at Euro 2016, and Gal­las – who won two Pre­mier League ti­tles with Chelsea dur­ing his stay be­tween 2001 and 2006 – ex­pects the for­mer Ju­ven­tus boss to pro­pel the club back to­wards the top of the ta­ble.

The for­mer France de­fender told Om­nis­port: “It was very, very hard to see Chelsea in this po­si­tion, es­pe­cially since I spent five years there.

“But it can hap­pen, it can hap­pen to the great­est clubs. I think next sea­son will be an­other sea­son. I hope that we will see Chelsea at the top.

“I knew it was not easy for them but seen from the out­side, it was dif­fi­cult to ac­cept this sit­u­a­tion. As I said, ev­ery sea­son is dif­fer­ent. Next sea­son will be a new sea­son for Chelsea.

“I think he (Conte) will bring his ex­pe­ri­ence. He is a coach who likes to win com­pe­ti­tions. He was able to prove it with Juve. I think he will bring a lot of rigour to this team of Chelsea.”

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