Arsenal legend delivers verdict on Chelsea’s start under Antonio Conte

Alan Smith has been hugely impressed by what he's seen from Chelsea this season

Alan Smith has heaped praise on Antonio Conte for the strong start his Chelsea side have made to the season.

The Blues have earned plenty of praise in recent weeks for their strong form following Conte’s appointment as the club’s new manager over the summer.

Conte has been tasked with steering Chelsea back to the top of English football after a disastrous season to forget last term.

The west London club ended up in 10th place in the Premier League table and without a trophy following Jose Mourinho’s sacking last December.

Chelsea’s recent form has been superb, with the Blues having strung together a winning run of seven games before Saturday’s clash with Manchester City.

And Arsenal legend Smith admits that he has been very impressed by what he has seen from the Blues this term.

Speaking to Sky Sports before Saturday’s trip to City, Smith said: “Obviously with the new manager trying to improve on last season, a really poor season as defending champions, they’ve slotted into this new system, which is working wonders.

“There’s a lot of hope there now, so it’s been a great start to the season. The wing-backs look superb, and they’ll have to keep those energy levels up throughout the season. A superb start.”

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Chelsea won the Premier League and the League Cup in the 2014-15 season.

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