Chelsea’s Antonio Conte: This is what I expect from my captain

Antonio Conte delivers his verdict on what a Chelsea captain should bring to the team

Antonio Conte has lifted the lid on the responsibilities that a captain has to his team-mates ahead of Chelsea’s trip to Middlesbrough on Sunday.

The Blues were without club captain John Terry in September and part of October after the former England defender suffered an ankle injury during their 2-2 draw with Swansea City.

Conte handed the captain’s armband to Terry’s centre-half partner Gary Cahill in the absence of Terry and Chelsea have managed to pick up 15 points from their last five Premier League games.

Belgium international Eden Hazard has been touted as a future Chelsea captain after taking over the role of Belgium skipper during Vincent Kompany’s injury struggles in recent international breaks.

And Conte, who was appointed as Guus Hiddink’s permanent successor earlier this year, has explained what he wants from a Chelsea captain.

“The captain must always be an example for his team-mates,” Conte told Chelsea’s website.

“If he plays or if he doesn’t play, he must always stay in the middle in the changing room as an example. He must help the coach, he must help the club and above all when the situation is not easy. It is important the coach and the club and also the players see the captain as the person that can help in this situation.”

Chelsea are in second place in the Premier League table and a point behind leaders Liverpool in the title race.

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The Blues will take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Sunday.

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