Jamie Carragher: This shows how much Chelsea players respect Antonio Conte

The Liverpool legend says the Chelsea players have really bought into Antonio Conte's tactics

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte Photo: Screen grab

Jamie Carragher believes that the fact Chelsea’s players bought into Antonio Conte’s tactics this season underlines their respect for the manager.

The Blues are sitting seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table ahead of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur with three games to go.

Chelsea were 3-0 winners against Middlesbrough on Monday night after goals from Diego Costa, Marcos Alonso and Nemanja Matic moved the leaders to within one win of the title.

Conte made the switch to a 3-4-3 formation following successive losses to top-four rivals Arsenal and Liverpool back in September.

The Chelsea players bought into the new tactic and Conte’s innovation helped the west London side to build a substantial lead at the top of the table.

Speaking to Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football about Chelsea’s performances under Conte, former Liverpool legend Carragher said:

“It shows the type of manager Conte is. Changing the system is a big thing to do.

“To get players to buy into that so early into his reign, it shows their respect for him. It’s not an easy thing as a manager to do for a players as big and as successful as them.”

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Chelsea will take on West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Friday night before home games against Watford and Sunderland.

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