Chelsea fans took to Antonio Conte pretty well and quick too. He was given a good reception in his first competitive game as a Chelsea manager – a 2-1 win against West Ham.

The fans have stood by Conte and the Italian has said that the fans deserve to win the league.

The season didn’t really start out well for Conte, as the Blues suffered a woeful spell in September. But the game against Arsenal was a turning point.

“Honestly, yes. The Arsenal game was frustrating for me because I didn’t see anything of my work and my idea of football,” Conte said when asked if switching to a 3-4-3 formation earlier in the campaign was the turning point.

“I found the strength to change, to take responsibility to change systems and find a new fit for the players. It was the key moment for us because every single player found in the system their best.

“Our season didn’t start in the right way, we had many problems, not only one. To find the right solution quickly wasn’t easy and for this I want to say thanks to my players because they trust in a new work and new philosophy. This result is for the attitude and behaviour of my players.”

Conte then thanked the fans: “I want to say thanks to our fans because they pushed a lot in every game, home and away. They deserve this.”

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