Chelsea fans are preparing to get themselves ready for another change of manager this summer as it looks increasingly likely that Antonio Conte is set to leave at the end of the season.
The Blues are set to miss out on the Champions League as they currently sit fifth in the table, eight points behind Tottenham Hotspur with just seven matches left to go, and the Blues only have the FA Cup to try to win some silverware.
If Conte does indeed depart Stamford Bridge in May then the Blues will be looking to line up another manager to take over and that man could well be current Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri.
The Italian took over from Conte as manager of the Turin-based side and also took over his success, guiding Juventus to three straight Serie A titles, with the fourth on the horizon.
They also reached the final of the Champions League in 2015 and 2017, losing both times, while winning the domestic double with Coppa Italia wins as well.
But what style would Allegri bring to Chelsea and which players might Chelsea look to sign from the Italian club?
Bringing in Allegri could mean a tactic harping back to Jose Mourinho’s time at the Blues with a return to four at the back, with the defensive-minded midfield looking to protect those at the back.
That would give those in front of the middle of the park being given more freedom, and instead of Conte’s current tactics of the main attacking point coming from the wing-backs, it would be the three in front of the midfield trying to produce the real creativity.
It has been one of the main issues with Chelsea supporters this season, that the three at the back has been the only way that Conte has wanted to go and maybe the flexibility has gone out of his game.
With four at the back and two in front, if Eden Hazard was to stay for next season then he would have the freedom to be more creative and you could even see all three of Hazard, Willian and Pedro playing behind Alvaro Morata, with the protection of Tiemoue Bakayoko and N’Golo Kante to provide the balance.
Dybala has been one of the hotly-wanted forwards in Europe over the past couple of seasons and during the current campaign he is showing that once again.
With 18 goals in Serie A already, along with another in the Champions League, Dybala he has the creativity to really shine under Allegri, which has already been proven.
Allegri on Dybala: “Psychology is everything in football and confidence is key. You have to be focused and determined.
“I think the only advice for Paulo is to think just about his football and his journey, not worrying about comparisons with players like Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.
“In the next three years he will be, together with Neymar, the most important player in the world. Today there are Messi and Ronaldo and it is difficult, but his path is that he has to improve physically, technically and mentally.”
If Chelsea were to lose Eden Hazard this summer then Dybala could be one of the replacements that could make his way into the side, being a quick, creative and agile player with excellent technical ability.
The 24-year-old has a contract until 2022, so securing his signature might be difficult, and expensive.
The 20-year-old is one of the bright stars of the team and as a central midfielder someone that Allegri looks like he would invest a lot of time in.
He signed from Boca Juniors in the summer of 2017 with a big reputation of being a versatile midfielder, with the ability to play in a more defensive role or box-to-box.
Known as being ‘physically strong’ as well, he has been compared to former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, maybe the one player that Chelsea might have regretted going during the summer after some of his performances for Manchester United.
Another central midfielder that is often in the spine of Allegri’s side, he has settled in nicely since joining the club in 2016 from league rivals Roma.
Pjanic on Allegri: “It took me a bit of time to adapt when I first joined Juventus but coach Allegri has helped me a lot to settle in.
“He knows when to crack the whip and when to put his arm round you and calm everything down and it’s for that reason that he has a brilliant relationship with his players.
“Everything needs to be perfect to enjoy a season like this and credit for that has to go to the coaches, physios, background staff, everyone.
“You could say that we didn’t catch the eye at the start of the season but we did grind out results nonetheless. We took that confidence and slowly we began to improve in all aspects of our play and you can see the results now.”
His tactical versatility, defensive awareness, and work-rate make him one of the most impressive players in Allegri’s side, while is also is good from the dead-ball situations.
Something that maybe Chelsea have lacked with dead-ball situations not being at their best, unless it is Marcos Alonso shooting at goal.
The winger joined Juventus during the summer of 2017 so being able to prise him away from the Serie A side would be pretty tough, but he is obviously a player that Allegri likes.
He scored four times with six assists in Serie A, however his season has been cut short since February after picking up an injury.
Former Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi believes there is still room for improvement:
“He [Bernardeschi] doesn’t use his right [foot] much and he needs to improve in that, if you only have one foot you risk being predictable and the opposition can shut you down more easily.
“I’d say he dribbles well, he takes on a defender and goes past them with agility and imagination.
“He also has a good shot on him, he sees the goal, takes aim and the result is always dangerous. A great player? Calm down, calm down. I’m describing a lad with notable talents, but one who has to mature and be helped.
“For example, he has to learn how to get into the rhythm of the game with consistency. To be great, you need to have an understanding with your team. … Bernardeschi needs to do better in that regard, less individual technique and more collective technique.
“Bernardeschi is not Del Piero and he’s not Roberto Baggio. They were more at the centre of things, while Bernardeschi moves on the wing.”
Players Allegri would want
There are a few players that would fit perfectly at Chelsea and would no doubt that Allegri would want to bring to the Blues, should he also join, however with Chelsea’s over-30 policy that would be unlikely for the board to sanction.
Blaise Matuidi, Giorgio Chiellini and Sami Khedira are all 30 or over, while despite Alex Sandro being only 27, the Blues might have to let Marcos Alonso go if he was to join.