Sat at the top of the Premier League table with 43 points, 33 of which have been secured in a row with 11 consecutive victories, Chelsea are sitting pretty this season and the Blues have risen to the occasion under the guidance of Antonio Conte.
The Italian took time to put his imprint upon the West London side but the turning point came after a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal in September, with the former Juventus boss then switching to a three-man defence that has looked formidable since.
All in all, it’s given Conte a tremendous record to start his career in English football and it’s a record that is not easy to better.
Antonio Conte's Premier League start:
17 games played
35 goals scored
11 goals conceded
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Of the active managers in European football, only Pep Guardiola at Barcelona can boast a better start to his exploits and the advantage is narrow- with the Catalan boss having 44 points from his first 17 matches in charge of the Spanish giants.
It’s worth pointing out the side that Conte inherited though, as the defending champions had conceded their Premier League title to Leicester City without a fight and missed out on European football altogether, something that was previously unheard of in the Roman Abramovich era.