Antonio Conte must improve player attitudes at Chelsea to inspire success

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Antonio Conte may have signed a three-year contract as Chelsea's new manager from the start of next season, but the Blues' recent history suggests he is unlikely to last long unless he delivers success. 

If the Italian is to replicate what he achieved at Juventus and lead his new club from mid-table mediocrity to a league title in his first term, a significant shake up of Chelsea's dressing room is essential.

Following a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in December - the last game of Jose Mourinho's second spell in charge - the Portuguese accused his players of 'betraying his work'.


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On the surface, though, it seems very little has actually changed since the former Real Madrid manager's sacking, results aside.

Eden Hazard remains something of a problem child at Stamford Bridge, crossing the line when he revealed it would be difficult to turn down the opportunity to join Paris Saint-Germain mere days before playing them in the Champions League.

The Belgian's actions saw Roy Keane compare his actions to that of a spoilt child, which even the staunchest of Chelsea fans would find hard to disagree with.

The very same fans will always adore captain John Terry, yet even he has drawn criticism in recent times for publicly declaring he would be playing elsewhere next season.

Few people - if any - would question the 35-year-old's committment to Chelsea, yet given the club's unwavering support for Terry through allegations of having an affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-girlfriend and racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, perhaps such criticism is justified.

Juventus veteran Andrea Pirlo, who played under Conte for the Old Lady, suggested prior to his former manager's appointment that he would demand power at Chelsea - and the club must afford him just that.

After the season they've had - both on and off the pitch - Conte must give the Blues' pampered stars the rude wake-up call they so desperately need.

New signings are required in west London, of course, but attending to the poor attitude amongst players is also of the utmost importance.

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