Chelsea will be hoping to extend our lead at the top of the table to 10 points when we take on West Ham at the London Stadium tonight.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic admits he loves Antonio Conte’s energy since taking over at Stamford Bridge.
“I have to say I am a great admirer of Antonio Conte. He is one of a number of Italian coaches who have come to Engage and had success,” Bilic told Standard Sport.
“If I am asked to describe Conte’s team, I would answer – energy.
“His teams work hard but also have quality. It shouldn’t be difficult to make even average players work hard because they should know that is the minimum but it is more difficult to make big players work hard and make sacrifices for the team – that is the key.
“That’s what Conte is doing. Some of the top teams rely on their class. You don’t, for example, need that maximum energy for many games if you are Real Madrid. You can still win because you have the class.
“At Chelsea, though, the whole team are playing with that peak energy. The best example I can give is Hazard. He is working as hard as anyone in that team now.
“That’s the difference I can see between Conte and some of the others and he does the long-term. It’s not just an impact for a few months and everyone is hyped up – he did it for three seasons at Juventus.”