The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Secrets of success


With no European commitment­s, Chelsea had time to work under new head coach Antonio Conte.

After being fragmented and dysfunctio­nal in the latter days of Jose Mourinho’s reign, Conte reunited the squad with simplified goals.

The acquisitio­ns of N’Golo Kante and David Luiz were key on the field and both have likeable personalit­ies off it.

Conte had the confidence in his ability to take big decisions. It did not take Conte long to switch to the 3-4-3 formation which served Chelsea so well. Plus he handled the phasing out of John Terry . He also refused to discuss publicly the possibilit­y of Diego Costa moving to China.

Chelsea performed consistent­ly, with a starting XI which was usually predictabl­e.

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