Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes Chelsea’s absence from European football this season and our early exit from the EFL Cup has clearly benefitted Conte this season.
“Being absent from Europe and getting knocked out of the EFL Cup in the third round have clearly benefited Conte. He has used the free time to improve Chelsea’s fitness — they do two intense sessions of running each week — and help them understand his methods,” Carragher wrote in Daily Mail.
“The extra down time has also enabled him to pick a settled team. It will be fascinating to see how they cope with Europe next season and the demands of squad rotation.
“To highlight how settled Chelsea have been, Conte has made just 24 changes to his starting line-up so far. Mourinho made 78 changes in his first year, Ancelotti 107 [in his first season as Chelsea boss].”