Jermaine Jenas: What’s impressed me about Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

The former Tottenham midfielder heaps praise on Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Jermaine Jenas has praised Antonio Conte for getting the best out of Chelsea duo Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.

The Blues duo have made an impressive start to the 2016-17 Premier League campaign under their new Italian manager.

Costa and Hazard played key roles in Chelsea’s fourth Premier League title in 2015 as the pair scored a combined 34 goals.

However, the Spain international and Belgium forward struggled to perform under Jose Mourinho and his successor Guus Hiddink last term.

Costa is the Premier League’s top goal-scorer this season with a return of seven goals in eight top-flight games so far.

Hazard scored his third top-flight goal of the season in Chelsea’s 3-0 win against defending champions Leicester City at the weekend.

Former Tottenham midfielder Jenas has been impressed with the transformation of Costa and Hazard under the new Chelsea manager.

“He’s very quickly managed to get the best out of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa,” Jenas wrote in his Yahoo Sport column.

“When these two key men were struggling last season, you knew they hadn’t just become bad players overnight. But even Guus Hiddink, who is an excellent man manager, was unable to get them back to where they were the season before. Conte did it almost instantly.”

Chelsea are in fifth place in the Premier League table and three points behind leaders Manchester City after eight games so far.

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The Blues have lost to Arsenal and Liverpool in the 2016-17 campaign so far.

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