Antonio Conte rates Frank Lampard’s job at Chelsea so far and reveals his big advantage


The current Blues boss arrived back at Stamford Bridge a year after Conte’s exit (Pictures: Getty)

Antonio Conte has praised the job Frank Lampard has done at Chelsea since taking over and believes he is benefiting from the club allowing him to have a much bigger squad.

The Italian coach, who is now in charge of Inter Milan, left Stamford Bridge in 2018 after winning the Premier League title in his first season and the FA Cup in his second.

However, he was often at loggerheads with Chelsea’s board over transfers before his departure and feels Lampard – who was allowed to spend over £200m in the summer on a horde of new players – has taken full advantage of the stronger support he has received.

Chelsea are three points off top spot and the league’s highest scorers (Picture: Getty)

Asked about the current team, Conte told The Telegraph: ‘I think that the club wants to come back to win.

‘I think, honestly, now in this moment Chelsea is a really good team, a strong team, a large squad to face many, many competitions. They worked very well and in this moment they have many, many players.

‘I remember when I arrived at Chelsea and the situation wasn’t this. Because I remember in my first season, we faced the season with only 16 players.

‘But, in this year, the club worked very well. I know they are doing a really good job because I continue to follow Chelsea. I am a fan.

‘Lampard is, for sure, doing a good job and he knows very well the club because he’s a legend for Chelsea.

‘I think it was the same when I started with Juventus because I knew very well the club and the way that you had to follow to reach your target. Lampard is the right coach for Chelsea.’

Despite falling out with several Chelsea board members, Conte was also full of praise for owner Roman Abramovich and revealed he was more hands-on than many supporters might have imagined.

He continued: ‘It’s always very difficult when there is a stop between the club and the coach. I think never, never the club try to explain the decision. But in our job we must accept this type of situation.

Conte had a fiery and tumultuous but successful two years at Stamford Bridge (Picture: Getty)

‘To be the coach of Chelsea is not simple. You must live with great pressure, especially from the outside, but it was a pity to stop my coaching after only two seasons because I created a real link with the fans and with the players.

‘Sometimes, you can agree because the results are negative and sometimes, you don’t understand why. But I think you must accept and I keep good memories with Chelsea, the club, with Mr Abramovich, who is a very passionate man for his football. It was incredible, especially in my first season, because he was very, very close to me, asking about my football and my ideas.

‘Many times he came to the training ground to meet me and I remember he wanted to watch the video about our game and about our preparation – the way we wanted to face the opponent.

‘I think in my career, he was one of the most passionate men about football and I keep good memories about him and about the club, an important club in the world.’


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