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Antonio Conte’s ability to turn Chelsea’s problems around must depress rivals, says Pat Nevin


Antonio Conte’s ability of turning Chelsea around after losing to Tottenham Hotspur by beating Leicester City must be depressing for their title rivals, says club hero Pat Nevin.

The former Blues star was blown away by how his old club coped without their topscorer Diego Costa on the weekend as they eased past the Foxes 3-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Eden Hazard replaced Costa up front in a false-nine formation and even set up the first goal for Marcos Alonso, who scored a double against the current Premier League champions.

Nevin was impressed by manager Conte’s ability to turn his side around after a tough couple of days, but says it will be hard for the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham to cope with it as they chase Chelsea in this season’s race for the title.

“The most important thing was the three points but just as important was the fact that once again Antonio found a way to win under changed circumstances,” Nevin wrote in his column for the official Chelsea website.

“Of course it has been a very settled side of late, but it only became settled after a radical change following the Arsenal defeat back in September. There was a need to change the methodology for the Bournemouth game when Diego was suspended and the boss surprised a few with his Pedro, Hazard and Willian trinity up front.

“It worked but Leicester away was a much bigger test. Well it appeared so before the game anyway. Once again the manager made the right call and this must be particularly depressing to watch for everyone else, a problem raises its head and Chelsea figure it out in double-quick time.”

By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)

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