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Sometimes, a team’s strong form isn’t just about tactics and formations; confidence, togetherness and spirit are some key elements that make a team great, and these three are evident in every Champion team. Unfortunately, they were missing in Chelsea’s team last season, and talks of a dressing room discord broke the Chelsea team last season that were champions in the previous season.

This Chelsea team right now don’t look anything close to the same team that struggled last season. Confidence, togetherness and spirit are now back in the team, and the Blues are stronger than ever.

The big question is: how did Conte achieve this?

Just before the season started, Conte held a summer BBQ for them and their families, in order to bring the players together and build a good relationship with his squad, The Sun reports.

Antonio Conte had a tough task in rebuilding the spirit in this Chelsea squad, and this was a step in the right direction.

Prior to that, technical director Michael Emenalo was thought to be concerned about the negative atmosphere in the dressing room after Mourinho’s departure, and Conte’s attempts to bring harmony worked wonders with the summer gathering.

A Blues source told The Sun: “Everyone is wondering how Conte has got Chelsea singing from the same song sheet so quickly when, for much of last season, the whole place seemed so divided.

“When Jose Mourinho left, the fans were at some of the players’ throats and there were accusations of disloyalty and severe frustration.

“Guus Hiddink did his best to mend it but was always a temporary fix. Now Antonio wants to heal the wounds. It’s working a treat.”

Conte’s charges are currently in the form of their life, and the Italian has done a good job in restoring the team spirit and confidence back.

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