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Ex-Chelsea boss Avram Grant isn’t surprised Chelsea boss Antonio Conte had been able to turn things around at Chelsea so quickly.

Grant admits he respects Conte who isn’t as stubborn as other coaches.

“It was so bad the year before – the football, the relationships. But the players are good players,” Grant told Daily Mail.

“Hazard didn’t forget to play at 24, none of the players did. So Conte came at the right time, the players were ready for the change and wanted the change.

“What I like about Conte very much, is that he started (out trying) to please the supporters. He played 4-4-2 and he’d never played like this in his life, I’ve followed his whole career. He played three at the back with Juventus and had very good results in Italy; he came to Chelsea and changed.

“There are coaches who can play different systems, like Alex Ferguson. Conte, (Arsene) Wenger, their style of play will not change and it’s not good for them to change because maybe they don’t know another system.

“I think the best thing to happen to Chelsea was that they lost 3-0 to Arsenal – then he came back to his roots and they play a system that is good for their players.

“They are doing great and I can only respect Conte – he’s not stubborn like others and said OK, it’s not going well, let’s change it.

“I know the players were not happy at the beginning but this is what leadership is about – not to worry if you’re happy at the beginning. He’s doing a really good job and Chelsea are playing well.”

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