Martin Keown makes huge claim about Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Former Arsenal defender has credited Chelsea manager Antonio Conte with revolutionising the Premier League

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Martin Keown has credited Chelsea manager Antonio Conte with revolutionising the Premier League.

The Italian coach was appointed as Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor at Stamford Bridge at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Conte won his opening three Premier League games in charge of the west London side before a three-game winless run.

Chelsea lost to their top-four rivals Arsenal and Liverpool to heap pressure on the new manager following five summer signings.

Conte opted to switch to a 3-4-3 formation following their 3-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium and haven’t looked back since the tactical change.

The Blues are sitting seven points clear at the top of the table and Conte’s men need one more Premier League win to secure their first title under the Italian boss.

Conte’s 3-4-3 formation has even been replicated by Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at various points in the season.

Writing in his Daily Mail column about the success of Conte in his first season in the Premier League, Keown said:

“What I would say is that Antonio Conte has revolutionised the Premier League. He is the first manager to win the Premier League playing with three at the back.

“I actually thought Conte looked lost playing with a back four earlier in the season.

“He has such a good understanding of the back three and it is remarkable the way he has been able to pass over the tactics to every single player.

“Chelsea are so well drilled and they seem to have an answer to every situation.”

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