Carragher names acceptable target for Chelsea FC in Conte’s second season

The Liverpool FC legend believes Chelsea FC would be satisfied with a top-four finish and a trophy in Antonio Conte's second season

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Jamie Carragher insists a top-four finish would be an acceptable second season for Antonio Conte at Chelsea FC.

The defending Premier League champions have struggled to maintain their high standards in the 2017-18 season after the Blues dominated the English top flight last term.

Chelsea FC won 13 successive Premier League games en route to a first title under the Italian coach after wrapping up the top-flight crown with two games to spare.

The west London side ended a two-game losing run with a 3-0 victory over West Brom on Monday night to hoist themselves back into the Premier League’s top four.

Chelsea FC will take on Hull City in the FA Cup fifth round on Friday night before the title holders host Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash next week.

Former Liverpool FC defender Carragher believes Conte could reflect on a successful second season if Chelsea FC finish the campaign with a top-four finish and a trophy.

“There’s no doubt for me. Conte has done a super job,” Carragher told MNF Extra. “His points total since he came to England is only bettered by Pep Guardiola and that says a lot about him as a manager.

“Last season Chelsea blew everyone away. To be so far ahead, not only of the best clubs in the country, but some of the best managers in world football showed what a top manager Conte is.

“It remains to be seen whether you class this season as a success or not. If they can finish in the top four and lift a trophy, that is success, considering how competitive the top six teams are in the Premier League.

“Even if Chelsea only finish in the top four, that’s still been a great two years, in which he’s taken them from 10th – which admittedly was a false position – won the title and given them Champions League football before he goes.”

Chelsea FC are three points adrift of second-placed Manchester United ahead of their next Premier League game at Anfield on Sunday 24 February.

The Blues have a demanding fixture schedule in the next few weeks with a clash at Manchester City a week after their Old Trafford outing.

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