Graeme Le Saux has lavished praise on Antonio Conte for raising standards at Chelsea ahead of Monday night’s clash against Middlesbrough.
The west London side were impressive 3-0 winners against Everton at Goodison Park last weekend thanks to goals from Pedro Rodriguez, Gary Cahill and Willian.
Chelsea are sitting four points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the Premier League title and Conte’s men could move a further three points clear should the leaders secure three points against Middlesbrough.
The Italian coach took over the reins at Stamford Bridge last term following Chelsea’s tenth-place finish under Guus Hiddink in the 2015-16 Premier League campaign.
Writing in his Betfair column about Conte’s impact at Stamford Bridge in his first season in charge of the west London club, Le Saux explained what has really impressed him about the Italian.
“Antonio Conte has made such an impact in his first season in England with Chelsea,” Le Saux said.
“If he goes on to win the Premier League with the Blues this season, and I think he will, he’ll have done it by doing something that I think is really important – setting high standards on a day-to-day basis and living those standards to set an example to a group of players.”
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Conte led Juventus to three Serie A titles before the retired defender took over the reins of the Italy national team in 2014.
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