Antonio Conte was appointed Chelsea boss after Jose Mourinho was sacked following Chelsea’s disappointing title challenge last season that saw Chelsea finish 10th in the league.
According to the Sunday Supplement panel, Conte should get all the praise for how Chelsea have performed so far this season.
“You have to contrast it with the mess they were in last season when those players looked broken for a lot of last season,” the Guardian’s Dominic Fifield told the Sunday Supplement panel.
“The manner in which he has moulded them as a group and collective has been very impressive.
“The City win summed them up as the first half they were very expansive, they were scintillating and playing at their attacking best and went 2-1 up.
“And then the grit clicked in and they ground out the second half.
“As a team, they can play either way and too many of the top teams – like City and Liverpool – can only play one way. They can’t mix and match like that to make sure they get a result.
“And Conte deserves all the credit for having achieved that.
“Chelsea have not kept a clean sheet in the league since January, but in the nine games that they have been conceding goals, they have still got 20 points in that period, which is staggering.
“There are very few weaknesses in that collective, it is a small group, but it is a strong group.”