Antonio Conte has lifted Stamford Bridge up, and for a club that struggled last season to be top of the table is an incredible feat, but former England boss and fellow Italian Fabio Capello, has revealed that he isn’t surprised with the job Conte has done so far.
“I’m not surprised by Antonio Conte’s success in England,” Capello 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.
“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.”