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Gianfranco Zola: Why I’m tipping Chelsea to have a successful season under Antonio Conte

October 13, 2016

CHELSEA legend Gianfranco Zola has backed Antonio Conte to be a success at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are hoping to bounce back from a disastrous title defence under the Italian this term.

They sunk to 10th in the Premier League last season, missing out on European football in the process.

And Zola reckons a less congested fixture list could give Chelsea the edge over their rivals.

“It’s an advantage that Chelsea are not in the Champions League,” said the 50-year-old, who made over 200 top flight appearances for the Blues between 1996 and 2003.

“I think it can be a good point. It will obviously be about how quick they are going to change into the new system and how the players are going to settle. But I have confidence.

“I know Conte is a hard-working coach. I’m sure they will make the most of it. I’m positive about that.

“I think the team started very well and then they had a little setback. But now it seems to be that they are picking up again.

“It’s normal, it’s a process and I can see the potential to get better and better.”

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