Lampard Hails How Conte Changed Everything For Chelsea

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Antonio Conte is the reason Chelsea are different from the way they played last season, according to Frank Lampard.

Chelsea were close to relegation last season, but are now regarded as title favourites, going eight points clear of Arsenal.

Conte was appointed as Chelsea coach in the summer and led them on a record equalling 13-game winning run.

“I can’t see anyone catching them,” the Blues legend told Jamie Carragher in an interview with the Daily Mail. “They are the most organised team. [Diego] Costa and [Eden] Hazard are the difference. You have got to give the manager [Conte] a load of credit, too.

“They were in a bad place last year. I went back and got treatment for a week last season when I was injured. The dressing room felt terrible. Guus Hiddink was there, they were 12th in the league.

“People were injured, they weren’t playing well and you could smell it wasn’t right. They needed to change the whole mentality. Conte has done that without changing too much in terms of players. He made a few additions and [N’Golo] Kante has been fantastic, but Conte was exactly what they needed.

“I’ve seen what he does. He runs them. They all look fit, lean and know their jobs. They are flying. I watched them against Hull. They were a bit off the pace but win 2-0.

“Arsenal got out of jail last week but I don’t see them or Manchester City churning wins out like Chelsea. I like Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp but they don’t have the consistency.”

After Carragher hailed summer signing Kante for his performances at Stamford Bridge, Lampard added: “Don’t forget [Cesar] Azpilicueta. He’s been brilliant.

“Costa and Hazard get the limelight but he’s basically a right back and a centre half. He is tailor-made for that role. He’s probably been player of the season.”



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