Gary Neville: This proves Chelsea squad still responding to Antonio Conte
The Man United legend believes Chelsea manager Antonio Conte still has the Blues squad behind him
Gary Neville believes Chelsea’s 1-0 win against Manchester United proves defending champions are still responding to Antonio Conte.
The title holders have endured a tough start to the season following surprise defeats by Burnley and Crystal Palace.
Premier League leaders Manchester City were 1-0 winners at Stamford Bridge in September after Kevin De Bruyne scored a second-half winner against his former club.
Chelsea appeared to be struggling defensively after conceding 13 goals in six games ahead of the visit of ex-boss Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United team.
However, the return of N’Golo Kante was brought back into the Chelsea team last weekend and the France international helped the Blues to secure a 1-0 win against the Red Devils.
Summer signing Alvaro Morata scored a 55th-minute winner to seal three points, while 21-year-old defender Andreas Christensen impressed at centre-half.
While Conte has fallen out with Brazilian defender and Roman Abramovich favourite David Luiz over the past week or so, Neville believes Chelsea’s performance against Manchester United proves the players are still with the manager.
“This club can create madness out of nothing. When players are against a manager, we can see it,” Neville told the Gary Neville podcast on Sky Sports.
“Against Spurs and Man United, they responded. They responded with a performance that shows the players are still responding to the manager. It was a really good performance.”
Chelsea are in fourth place in the Premier League table and nine points behind current leaders Manchester City after 11 games.
The Blues signed six players in the summer transfer window.