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Jamie Carragher discusses Chelsea's impressive start to the season under new boss Antonio Conte

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff    

Jamie Carragher has heaped praise on Antonio Conte for the way in which he has stuck with the same team for most of the season at Chelsea.

The west London side have been the Premier League’s standout team this season following the appointment of Conte as the club’s new manager last summer.

Chelsea are currently flying high at the top of the table and are looking to win the FA Cup in the Italian’s first season in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Conte has largely stuck with the same starting 11 where possible this season to help the west London club add consistency to their game.

And former Liverpool defender Carragher has been extremely impressed by the way in which Conte has approached his team selection this season at Chelsea.

Writing in his column for The Daily Mail, Carragher said: “Being absent from Europe and getting knocked out of the EFL Cup in the third round have clearly benefited Conte.

“He has used the free time to improve Chelsea’s fitness — they do two intense sessions of running each week — and help them understand his methods.

“The extra down time has also enabled him to pick a settled team. It will be fascinating to see how they cope with Europe next season and the demands of squad rotation.

“To highlight how settled Chelsea have been, Conte has made just 24 changes to his starting line-up so far. Mourinho made 78 changes in his first year, Ancelotti 107.”

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Chelsea are currently the heavy favourites to win the Premier League title in Conte’s first season in charge at the club.

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