Pat Nevin: What I like about Chelsea’s attitude under Antonio Conte
The former Chelsea midfielder believes Antonio Conte's side have found the right balance between arrogance and confidence
Chelsea have found the right balance between arrogance and confidence under Antonio Conte, according to Pat Nevin.
The Blues are sitting seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table with three games to in the 2016-17 title race.
Chelsea were 3-0 winners against relegated Middlesbrough thanks to goals from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic.
Conte’s men capitalised on Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-0 loss to West Ham United on Friday night to move to within one win of the Premier League crown.
Writing in Chelsea’s website about how Conte have managed to cultivate a winning attitude amongst his Blues squad, Nevin said:
“The crowd seemed similarly confident without ever being arrogant.
“That has been one of the signatures of this group this season, arrogance can lead to complacency and that usually comes unstuck in the Premier League.
“That has never been the case as the work-rate rarely drops when the opposition has the ball.
“They hunted in packs last night and even with the ball-winner-in-chief sat in the stands, Marcos Alonso, Fabregas, Victor Moses and particularly Nemanja Matic seemed to take offence when they weren’t in control of the ball.”
Chelsea are looking to win the Premier League title for the second time in three season but their first top-flight trophy under Conte.
The west London outfit can complete a double if Chelsea beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley later this month.
Chelsea signed five players in the summer transfer window under Conte last year.