Chelsea were a shadow of its glorious self last season. The club flirted with relegation under former manager Jose Mourinho, before Guus Hiddink replaced the sacked Portuguese and steered Chelsea to a lowly 10th position.
Chelsea didn’t expect much this season and Antonio Conte’s task was to guide the Blues to a Champions League spot.
Conte has admitted that the perception of Chelsea was quite low and admits changing the opinion of the public has been his toughest task.
“The expectation of Chelsea at the start of the season wasn’t high,” he told Sky Sports.
“I think the expectation was to try and to fight and to get in the Champions League.
“I think this situation pushed a lot the players and I to try to change the opinion of the press, the people who look at football every week.”