Pat Nevin sends reassuring message to Chelsea fans about Antonio Conte
The Chelsea legend is excited to see Antonio Conte work out tactical issues during games in all competitions this season
Pat Nevin says he is looking forward to watching Antonio Conte solve problems as they appear for his Chelsea team this season.
The Blues have made a solid if unspectacular start to the Premier League season after bouncing back from a 3-2 loss to Burnley at Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend.
Chelsea won three games on the spin thanks to victories over Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Leicester City before a goalless draw with Arsenal last weekend.
The west London side made wholesale changes for their Champions League group-stage opener last week and the Blues eased to a resounding 6-0 victory over Qarabag.
Chelsea will start their Carabao Cup campaign with a home clash against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday night as Conte looks to win the competition for the first time.
Former Blues winger Nevin is really excited to see Conte solve problems during Chelsea’s matches, adding that the Italian coach has a wealth of options to call upon following a summer of investment.
“Antonio knows that many of his players will be needed to do a lot of different things in the next few weeks because of the very different tactical systems they will come up against,” Nevin told Chelsea’s website.
“Sunday’s team against Arsenal was very similar in look and feel to the team that won the Premier League last season, however prepare for adaptations in the coming weeks.
“They have all had a year to look at what Chelsea are good at and will have formulated plans just as Arsenal did at the weekend, to overcome the Blues’ strengths.
“Personally, I am looking forward to seeing how Antonio solves the problems. Just as he did with Bakayoko at half-time on Sunday to change the game, he will be quick to twist, and hopefully he will also have an ace to pull out in Eden Hazard just when he is really needed.”
Chelsea won the Premier League title in their first season under Conte after finishing seven points clear of their closest rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
The Blues lost 2-1 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley.