Ex-Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo believes Antonio Conte turned Chelsea’s season around thanks to a compromise with star players.
Crespo believes making the defence solid and giving more freedom to offensive players to express themselves was key.
“There was great expectation on Conte and a lot of curiosity to see whether he could apply his football vision in the Premier League, where there are many big players,” Crespo told Omnisport.
“That was a big challenge for Conte and it wasn’t easy – he struggled at the beginning. Then, Conte and his players found a middle-ground solution and came to a compromise.
“Conte made sure that the defensive group was solid and reliable, then organised the midfield tactically. It proved to be successful.
“It allowed more freedom to offensive players to express their talent and making that move was key to Chelsea’s success this season.
“Conte deserves much credit for Chelsea’s success. He is proving that once again managers from the Coverciano school (Italian FA headquarters and training centre) are the best tactically, without the shadow of a doubt.”