Liverpool legend Jamie Redknapp insists Chelsea have undergone a huge transformation under Antonio Conte since our 3-0 loss to Arsenal in September. He expects Chelsea to get revenge over Arsenal when both sides meet today.
“After that 3-0 loss, they were at a crossroads,” Redknapp wrote in his Sky Sports column.
“There were rumours Antonio Conte might be leaving, there were rumours he might be getting sacked. To see them now, in the form they’re in and playing with the confidence they’ve got, it’s amazing.
“That’s come from a combination of the formation change to 3-4-3 but also working extremely hard.
“They’re like a well-oiled machine. Every single player knows where they should be when they have got the ball and when they haven’t.
“I had the privilege of watching Chelsea train a while ago and you could just see how Conte has got them so well drilled for every eventuality. He’s almost out there orchestrating every single move. He’s the maestro, conducting everyone – when to sit, when to press, where the wingbacks should be.
“They’ve obviously got tremendous players because they won the league in 2014/15, but last season they looked like a team that weren’t together, a bunch of individuals that didn’t want to play for the last manager. Now they’re looking like the best team in the Premier League for a long, long time.
“N’Golo Kante has obviously played a big part in their improvement this season. After playing a key role in Leicester’s title win, he appears to be doing the same for Chelsea. Remarkably, he’s lost just six Premier League games since the start of last season.”
Redknapp also expects Chelsea to win Arsenal at Stamford Bridge today because Chelsea are strong and comfortable in what they’re doing.
“The problem is, I’m still not sure what Arsenal’s best XI is and I don’t think Wenger knows either.
“In contrast, the Chelsea team in an easy one to name and really, I can’t see anything but a Chelsea win in this one. They’re strong and comfortable with what they’re doing, while Arsenal – no matter what they say – will have found it very hard to pick themselves up after the Watford defeat.”