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Conte's five step plan to lift Chelsea back to the top

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Resolve Terry's future

Hailed as "captain, leader, legend" on the banner hung by adoring fans at Stamford Bridge, John Terry's credentials as a Chelsea icon and a major inspiration behind their success are well established, yet Conte will be faced with the thorny problem of pot

Rebuild the Eden project

Rewind 12 months and Eden Hazard appeared to have the world at his feet as he prepared to accept two Footballer of the Year awards and a Premier League winners' medal while being feted by Jose Mourinho as the equal of superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano

Deal with serial offender Costa

Although Diego Costa's goals fired Chelsea to the Premier League title in his debut season, he was already earning a reputation as the unapologetically snarling face of Jose Mourinho's combative team and if anything he has become more moody in year two.


Change the mood music

Regardless of who stays or goes, Conte should already know he must rebuild the squad's shattered morale after what even the club were forced to admit was "palpable discord" between Mourinho and the players in the final months of his reign. Mourinho's ab

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Make up for a misspent youth

With owner Roman Abramovich reportedly unhappy with Chelsea's failure to produce more homegrown talents despite his huge investment in the youth academy, Conte could earn some early praise from his employer by unearthing a gem or two among the youngsters

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