Graeme Souness: Why Antonio Conte deserves award even if Chelsea suffer title collapse

The former Liverpool midfielder says he would give Antonio Conte the manager of the year award even if Chelsea suffer a title collapse

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: The Sport Review

Graeme Souness says that he would still give Antonio Conte the manager of the year award even if Chelsea were to miss out on the Premier League title this season.

Chelsea managed to extend their winning run to back-to-back Premier League games on Saturday evening thanks to a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Adam Smith scored an own goal in the 17th minute before Belgium international Eden Hazard scored a composed finish after the Chelsea number 10 rounded Artur Boruc.

Bournemouth striker Joshua King halved the deficit with a powerful finish before Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso whipped a free-kick past the Cherries goalkeeper.

Chelsea are seven points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the title race, although Spurs have won their last six games to put some pressure on the west London side at the top of the table.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ about Conte and whether the Italian is deserving of the manager of the year award this term, former Liverpool midfielder Souness said:

“A manager’s job is to get the best out of his players and he has certainly done that for the large part of the season.

“Playing four at the back and half-time at Arsenal he says, ‘enough is enough, I am going to go with my preferred system, you have had a chance to prove me wrong’.

“When they went to three at the back, they went on an incredible run. If they weren’t to win the league, would I still be giving it to him? I think so…”

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Chelsea appointed Conte as their new manager back in 2016 following the west London side’s disappointing tenth-placed finish.

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