Steven Gerrard: Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is a tactical genius

Steven Gerrard heaps praise on Antonio Conte for the 'tactical genius' he has shown at Chelsea this season

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Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard Photo: BT Sport

Steven Gerrard has praised Antonio Conte for the “tactical genius” the Chelsea manager has shown since taking over at Stamford Bridge last summer.

The Italian manager has earned plenty of praise for the impact he has had since taking their reins at the west London club, with the Blues currently leading the way as the heavy favourites to win the Premier League this season.

Chelsea are currently seven points clear at he top of the table after their impressive 2-1 win over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

And former Liverpool captain Gerrard believes that Conte deserves special praise for the way in which he has been able to spot problems so quickly at Chelsea this season.

Speaking on BT Sport on Wednesday night, Gerrard said: “He [Conte] spots things very quickly. When it was all going wrong at the start of the season, he switched from four to three at the back.

“Even against Manchester City when they were wide open and Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva were causing problems he took a defender off and put Nemanja Matic on.

“He stiffened it up and managed the game and Chelsea saw it out. That’s down to his tactical genius.

“He spots things quickly, acts quickly and that’s what got them over the line.”

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Chelsea are now preparing for their Premier League clash against Bournemouth on Saturday evening as they look for another three points to take them a step closer towards winning the title.

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