Chelsea Can Play Seductive Football Under New Manager, Says Leboeuf [READ]



Chelsea Legend, Frank Leboeuf believes new tactician, Antonie Conte will ensure seductive and entertaining football is on display at Stamford Bridge when he takes over ahead of the coming campaign.

Chelsea have been accused of playing dull and boring football during the reign of Jose Mourinho, but the former Chelsea player believes Antonio Conte has the ability to make Chelsea an attacking and entertaining team.

Conte will join Chelsea after his Euro 2016 campaign with Italy ends and will immediately meet the press and embark on a pre-season tour of Austria and America.


The Blues suffered a bad season last year and recorded the worst title defence in Premier League history – but with Conte’s track record for Juventus and Italy – Leboeuf believes that things are looking up for his old side.

“Italian football has changed, when I was a player I didn’t want to go to Italy because it was boring as a defender,” Leboeuf told reporters. “Conte is part of the new generation of coaches in Italy where it is more offensive and seductive football.

“They needed a change and I like those coaches who are between their 40s and 50s who have a new idea of football, like Jose Mourinho, like Didier Deschamps, like Laurent Blanc – we need a new generation of coach to bring something new.”

Italy weren’t fancied as one of the tournament’s favourites but have impressed by qualifying after two wins against Belgium and Sweden and are yet to concede a goal.

Lebouef, a European champion with France, believes Conte will succeed at Chelsea and is the right man to put in charge after a poor campaign under Jose Mourinho and latterly Guus Hiddink.

“I really think he can do well, he’s been successful, he was a fantastic player and he is a real leader,” added Leboeuf. “I think it is a good idea, we will see.

“Last season was very appalling, I went to the Paris Saint-Germain game over the two ties and I never saw Chelsea, that was too easy for PSG. Chelsea now has to react.”

The Azzurri boss will be Chelsea’s fifth Italian to take the reigns at the club after Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo.

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