Thierry Henry’s blunt warning for Antonio Conte: Prepare for your biggest test at Chelsea
Thierry Henry says Antonio Conte is about to face the biggest test of the season so far at Chelsea...
Thierry Henry believes that Antonio Conte is about to face his biggest test as Chelsea boss – in the form of the hectic festive period in the Premier League.
The Blues have been the Premier League’s top performing team in recent weeks, and the west London side currently lead the way at the top of the Premier League table.
Indeed, Conte’s side have won their last nine games in the Premier League to leave them flying high at the top of the table heading into their clash with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night.
Conte is still getting used to life in England following his arrival at the club in the summer as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor at Stamford Bridge.
And Arsenal legend Henry feels that Conte must now prepare for the toughest period of his reign at Chelsea so far as the fixtures begin to stack up.
Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ on Monday morning, Henry said: “Listen, it is always a test in this league. We all know how difficult it is to play in the festive period.
“When I say that he has the week and he is not in the Champions League and Europa League and stuff like that, it is a massive help.
“Other teams also don’t have the Champions League and Europa League, he’s obviously doing something good and being clear about what he wants in his plan.
“You can name the Chelsea XI, back in the day you could name the Chelsea XI, the Arsenal XI, the United XI, whatever team you could.
“Now a lot of managers do rotate a lot and we’ve seen that last year Leicester were not rotating a lot.
“Yes, you are going to tell me again they were not in Europe but it’s having the opportunity to work in partnerships at the back, in midfield and up front and haven the same keeper behind the back four does help a lot in terms of what you want to do.
“Now is he going to change and trigger other stuff because obviosuly it is not easy to play in the festive period?
“I don’t know, that remains to be seen. But it does help to have the same starting XI on the field.”
Chelsea finished 10th and without a trophy last season.