Frank Lampard talks Antonio Conte - What he is doing at the moment is fantastic.
Having played under ten different managers in thirteen years at Chelsea, Frank Lampard was asked recently of Antonio Conte and whether o...
Having played under ten different managers in thirteen years at Chelsea, Frank Lampard was asked recently of Antonio Conte and whether or not he could create a dynasty at Chelsea.
We are very quick in this country to talk up players or teams when they are doing well, but also very quick to knock them straight back down again. One thing I have found in the Abramovich era at Chelsea is the media's willingness to talk of managers being committed to a club when achieving success in their first of a three or four year contract. Why not people such as Antonio Conte continue his good work this season and hopefully into next year, to then talk of an extended stay then?
Frank Lampard was asked of Conte and whether or not he felt as though he could create a dynasty at Chelsea in the years to come. As you would expect, Lampard gave a sensible and realistic response. He said:
"Could he [Conte] build a dynasty? He has definitely got the attributes, so you would look at him now and say yes — but who knows what the future holds?
It depends on how he feels, how the club feels and how the future pans out. I am very happy with him and if he carries on the way he is, he will stay there for a long time.
We hope that will happen. What he is doing at the moment is fantastic. It is very hard to look too far forward in football, but what he is doing is a great thing for the club because last year there was a lot of negative talk and he changed that very quickly. Long may it continue.
I don’t like to tempt fate because I am a Chelsea man, but I can’t see them being caught with the gap they have and the way they are playing.” - Source: London Evening Standard.
In my opinion its far too early to talk about Conte being here for ten years, to create a dynasty and as I have said earlier, we need to give him time to concentrate on his work.
Lampard plays it down with his response which is noticeable but was keen to point out that no-one knows what the future holds. At the moment Antonio Conte is doing a fantastic job and we should just let him carry on doing exactly that without any pressure of new contracts etc.
I do believe however that he will not get the full credit he deserves this season because Chelsea have not taken part in European competition for the first time in years. We are always hearing managers or pundits talk of the fact as if to say that Conte and his Chelsea team have had it easy compared to others and the demands they face. Whether that’s right or wrong is up for debate but only next season, with Chelsea being back in the Champions League, will Conte and his side be judged.
It’s next season that questions will be asked and it will be interesting to see if Antonio Conte is able to deliver both at home and in Europe. If he does, then we can start talking of dynasties.