Jamie Redknapp: Antonio Conte’s side aren’t playing ‘typical’ Chelsea football

The former Liverpool midfielder praises Antonio Conte for overhauling Chelsea's style of football

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Jamie Redknapp believes Chelsea are playing a different type of football under Antonio Conte.

The Blues were known as a predominantly counter-attacking and defensive team during both of Jose Mourinho’s spells in charge of the west London club.

However, Conte has overhauled the Chelsea squad and their style of play since the Italian took over the reins from Guus Hiddink at the end of 2015-16.

Chelsea were looking to make a swift return to winning ways on Tuesday night after a 2-0 loss to bitter rivals Manchester United last time out.

And Eden Hazard helped to settle Chelsea nerves with a fifth-minute goal before Gary Cahill restored the home side’s lead following Southampton’s equaliser.

Chelsea eased clear of the Saints in the second half courtesy of Diego Costa’s 18th and 19th goals of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

Speaking to Sky Sports after Chelsea’s thrilling 4-2 victory over Southampton on Tuesday night, Redknapp said:

“The football they’re playing at the moment is so exciting and not typical of Chelsea.

“I remember two years ago when they won the league… they were winning 1-0 and just about doing enough.

“This side is playing with a lot of flair and excitement.”

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