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Fabio Capello has praised the impact of Antonio Conte in Chelsea. Chelsea are 10 points clear at the summit of the Premier League and Capello believes Conte achieved this by uniting the dressing room at Chelsea.

“I’m not surprised by Antonio Conte’s success in England,” he told Reuters.

“Remember, I know him and he did some really important things with Italy, Juventus and Siena.

“He’s a really smart manager. He knows what you need to do with the players. He understood when he arrived that something was not good in the dressing-room at Chelsea.

“He moved on some old players and that has proved important. He has managed to change the mentality of the whole team.”

“Conte has even helped players like (Diego) Costa rediscover his form and that was even after he had asked to leave the club,” he added.

“Now there is a real team spirit in that dressing-room and they have found a winning mentality.

“They did not have that last season and could only finish in 10th place.”

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