Chelsea midfielder opens up about new manager Antonio Conte

John Obi Mikel is expecting big things from Chelsea this season under Antonio Conte

John Obi Mikel is backing Antonio Conte to be a big success at Chelsea this season.

The Italian coach is currently getting to grips with life in charge in the Premier League after being brought in as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor at Stamford Bridge earlier in the year.

The Blues have made a mixed start to the new season and bounced back from defeats by both Arsenal and Liverpool by beating Hull City in their most recent top flight game before the international break.

That result left Conte’s men in seventh place in the Premier League table and five points behind leaders Manchester City after seven games of the new campaign.

Chelsea are now preparing for their home clash against defending Premier League champions Leicester City at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

And midfielder Mikel says that he has been impressed by what he has seen from Conte in his first few weeks in charge.

Speaking in an interview with Goal, Mikel said: “I can only see Chelsea winning trophies with this guy and hopefully we can achieve that.

“The manager knows what he wants, we are behind him, we support him as players and we have to go with him, so I think that everyone is looking forward to this season.

“It is going to be a very interesting season with the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton, everyone has spent a lot of money and it is going to be very difficult.

“We want to be, at the end of the season, on the top and, if we can win it, why not [go for it].”

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Chelsea finished 10th in the Premier League table last season.

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