Roman Abramovich

Chelsea's implosion leaves incoming Conte with tough job

If Leicester's rise to the top of English soccer is the most bewildering aspect of this chaotic season in the Premier League, then the implosion of Chelsea runs a close second.

A 3-2 loss to Sunderland on Saturday made it official: Chelsea will end the season with the worst title defense in the 24-year history of the Premier League.

The Blues can finish no higher than ninth place and could still drop as low as 11th.

That's much worse than Manchester United's seventh-place finish under David Moyes in his woeful 10 months in charge in 2013-14, which is some achievement in itself.

And there's still one ignominy left in this sorry campaign for Chelsea: On Sunday,...