Pundit: Why Chelsea boss Antonio Conte tops Pep Guardiola

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink explains why he has been so impressed by Antonio Conte's first season at Chelsea

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte Photo: Screengrab

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has credited Antonio Conte with adapting to the Premier League more quickly than Pep Guardiola.

Conte’s impact at Chelsea this season has been nothing short of remarkable following his appointment as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor last summer.

The Italian clinched the Premier League title in his first season in charge in England on Friday night as Chelsea beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at The Hawthorns.

Guardiola has endured a disappointing first season at Manchester City, with his side looking set to have to be content with a top-four finish in a trophyless campaign.

Chelsea can still end the season with a domestic double, with the Blues set to take on Arsenal in the FA Cup final at the end of the month.

And Hasselbaink believes that Conte has been much faster than Guardiola to adapt to the rigours of the Premier League.

“I think Conte has adapted to the Premier League quicker and has gone and changed,” Hasselbaink said on Sky Sports News HQ on Monday morning.

“Pep has come and it didn’t help that he won the first 10 games.

“Conte had a very difficult in the first six-eight games and had to change and had to come up with something. As a good manager, he did.

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“He went to something that was very familiar to him.

“I don’t think that Pep had really the out and out quality of what he wanted to do.”

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