Gianfranco Zola: What Antonio Conte has brought to Chelsea

Gianfranco Zola heaps praise on Antonio Conte for the impact he has had at Chelsea this season

Gianfranco Zola has heaped praise on Antonio Conte for the impact he has had at Chelsea this season.

The Italian manager has earned plenty of praise for the start his Blues side have made to the campaign, with the west London side currently leading the way at the top of the Premier League table.

Chelsea underlined their status as genuine Premier League title contenders on Saturday night when they came from a goal down to beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 and move back to the top of the table.

That win ended Spurs’ unbeaten start to the season and gave Chelsea fans fresh belief that their side can challenge for the title this term.

Conte is known for his energetic approach on the touchline – and former Chelsea star Zola feels that his energy is infectious.

Speaking on BT Sport’s Premier League Tonight Show on Saturday night, Zola said: “When he’s out there [on the touchline] he doesn’t like losing.

“He gives everything and he gets the best out of himself by being so into it. The players, they like those things and pick up on it.

“You can see that this Chelsea side have resilience and they never give up.”

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Conte has been tasked with steering Chelsea back to the top of English football after their disastrous 10th-placed finish in the Premier League last season.

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