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Antonio Conte: A Better Coach Than Jose Mourinho in Rejuvenating Players

Chelsea finished last season in the 10th position in the Premier League. The Blues suffered a disappointing season despite being the defending champion, and successive losses to Liverpool and Arsenal this season had put them out of the top four to the 8th position. However, their lines for soccer showed that they remain one of the favourites for the title.

After the loss at Arsenal, they have gone on a six league games winning streak without conceding, taking to the top of the league table. Their switch to a 3-4-3 formation has been the highlight of their current high flying form. It is not an under-statement that the formation has brought them much success and brought out the best in their players.

Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and David Luiz are all in their form of their lives. Hazard and Costa had a troubled campaign last season and their form dropped tremendously, which led to Hazard being dropped by former coach Jose Mourinho. But the pair has been rejuvenated.

However, the most surprising of all that has made jaws drop is the stunning transformation of Nigerian Victor Moses. The 25-year-old was considered not good enough for the Blues and not giving a chance under Jose Mourinho. He was either confined to the bench or farmed out on loan during the Portuguese reign at Stamford Bridge. For three seasons, he was sent out on loan to Liverpool, Stoke City and West Ham respectively and also failed to establish himself at those clubs too.

But he has become an integral member of Antonio Conte’s side this season. The Italian boss has simply brought out the best of the Nigerian striker turned right wing-back, and he has repaid the confidence shown in him with his excellent performances. He has featured 13 times for the Blues already. He was voted the man of the match in the 1-0 win at Middlesbrough and has three goals and an assist to his name already.

There had been speculations that he may seek a move away from Stamford Bridge after failing to establish himself since joining from Wigan in 2012 but Conte’s arrival has seen him featured prominently for the Blues. He has started all of Chelsea’s last six league games where they have garnered maximum 18 points without conceding a goal.

Conte has expressed his surprise at Mourinho’s treatment of the Nigerian international who was constantly underestimated by the former Real Madrid coach. His turn around was a huge one for a player that started only 38 league games in the last three seasons, completing 90 minutes just 12 times.

The change in formation has helped Moses in no small measures. With either N’Golo Kante or Nemanja Matic in midfield to cover for him, he is able to get forward freely and contribute to the attack.

However, his defensive ability will be put to a tougher test in the next two weeks when Chelsea play Tottenham and Manchester City.