Conte: “The club is very close to me and fans are amazing”

Conte: “The club is very close to me and fans are amazing”

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte told the official club’s website that the whole staff ‘have been working very hard with the players for four months’ in Cobham.

“It is not easy to arrive in a new club and to find out about a new country, a new language – he claimed – and also you have to bring your new method, your new philosophy of football. But after four months I am pleased about it all, because the players always have shown me a great attitude, a great work-rate during the training sessions and also during the games”.

The club is very close to me and it supports me. The fans are fantastic when we play at home and away so yes, I am pleased.
About the transition from a 4-2-3-1 to a 3-4-3 system, Conte added: “We started the season with another system because the idea in my mind was that I wanted to play with the 4-2-4, and then we switched with 4-3-3 and we played also in the same way like last year, 4-2-3-1”.

“But I noticed in some circumstances we didn’t have the right balance because when you concede more goals than your opponent and even more chances to score a goal, it is never a good thing. For this reason, we switched to the new system of 3-4-3 and I think this is a good fit for our squad because also we have the strikers adapted for this system”.

“I thought it would improve us offensively as well as defensively and we didn’t lose our offensive situation. In this way we have increased it because we scored many goals and created a lot of chances to score the goals and also if you maintain the clean sheet, I think this is the right way.”