Chelsea legend explains how Antonio Conte’s side are playing like Italians

Ruud Gullit explains how Antonio Conte has transformed Chelsea

Ruud Gullit believes Antonio Conte has managed to get Chelsea to play the Italian way in the Premier League.

The former Juventus manager took over the reins from interim Blues boss Guus Hiddink in the summer after the west London side limped to a tenth-place finish last season.

Chelsea are sitting at the top of the Premier League table and three points clear of second-placed Arsenal after eight successive victories in the English top flight.

Conte’s side have beaten title rivals Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur over the past two weeks in the Premier League to cement their status as favourites to win the English top-flight crown.

Former AC Milan and Chelsea midfielder Gullit explained how Conte is implementing an Italian style of football at Stamford Bridge.

“One of the good things about the run Chelsea are on is that they are doing things the Italian way, by conceding hardly any goals,” Gullit told BBC Sport.

“That’s not down to luck, because Conte’s tactics are designed to put the defence first and make his team solid behind the ball.”

Chelsea signed five players in the summer transfer window as Conte looked to stamp his authority on the Stamford Bridge outfit.

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The Blues haven’t lost a Premier League game since a 3-0 defeat by Arsenal at The Emirates in September.

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