Frank Lampard: What I really think about Antonio Conte at Chelsea
The Chelsea legend delivers his verdict on manager Antonio Conte
Frank Lampard has praised Antonio Conte for changing the mentality of the Chelsea dressing room this season.
The Italian took over the reins at the west London side following their disappointing tenth-place finish under interim manager Guus Hiddink last season.
The Chelsea squad were heavily criticised for their meek defence of their top-flight crown under Mourinho and his successor Hiddink as questions were raised about the temperament of the Blues players.
However, the 2015 Premier League champions have won 15 of their last 16 games to build an incredible eight-point lead with 16 games to go ahead of their trip to bitter rivals Liverpool in their next fixture.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, former Chelsea midfielder Lampard explained what Conte has managed to do at the Stamford Bridge to transform the club into title favourites.
“They were in a bad place last year. I went back and got treatment for a week last season when I was injured. The dressing room felt terrible. Guus Hiddink was there, they were 12th in the league,” Lampard said.
“People were injured, they weren’t playing well and you could smell it wasn’t right. They needed to change the whole mentality. Conte has done that without changing too much in terms of players. He made a few additions and [N’Golo] Kante has been fantastic, but Conte was exactly what they needed.”
Chelsea are eight points clear of second-placed Arsenal in the title race.
The Blues will take on Championship side Brentford in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.