AZPILICUETA ADMITS HE’S IMPRESSED WITH CONTE

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has left a good impression on Cesar Azpilicueta with his hard work and the way he has managed the team.

Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title against all odds yesterday, and talks of a crisis in the Chelsea dressing room has now dissipated after Chelsea overcame an opening day loss to defeat Tottenham and Everton.

Speaking about Conte, Azpilicueta told Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport: “At all the top clubs, losing is always hard to digest, but I can’t see any crisis, neither in terms of how we are playing, nor in terms of relationships.

“Conte is working his hardest with the idea of doing well, hoping to the end to benefit from the transfer market.”

He added: “He came over to London before the European Championship after he had been confirmed as our new boss, but I was impressed by our meeting in Paris after he had knocked us out of Euro 2016.

“He stopped to talk to me and Pedro and I was immediately overwhelmed by his intensity and ability to concentrate on different things — he had just knocked Spain out with Italy, but he was also thinking of Chelsea.

“His dedication to work is absolute — it’s overwhelming. He’s like a hammer, a very passionate person who always tries to get the maximum out of every situation.”

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