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Chelsea fans will be delighted after Italy stars reveal why Antonio Conte is a winner


Italy defender Matteo Darmian says new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will be a "big success" next season in England.

Midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini was also full of praise for the Italy boss as he called him "unique".

The 46-year-old will take charge of the Blues at the end of the Euro 2016 Championship.

They will kick off their Premier League campaign at home against West Ham United before facing Watford away from home on August 20.

"I am sure he will be a big success in England – why shouldn't he be?" Darmian is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

"He is a good manager for Italy, so I am sure he can be just as big a success when he starts work in the Premier League.

"He's a great manager, he gives every player who works for him total confidence. Every player in the squad wants to give 100 per cent for him every time, in training or on the pitch.

"He works on you physically but also on the mental side as well. He has everyone knowing exactly what they have to do and is such a well organised coach.

"He has got us so strong at the back, you saw that against Belgium. We are difficult to score against and with that, then we know we can always pinch something going forward."

Giaccherini added: "Conte is strong manager in every way.

"He works so hard on everything during the week in training and wants every player to know exactly what he wants to do in every aspect of their game – defence, midfield and attack. He is so focused. I'd say he is unique."

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