Gianluigi Buffon believes Chelsea will be a success under Antonio Conte

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Gianluigi Buffon believes that if Antonio Conte's Chelsea can follow the same ideas and principals as the current Italian national team, the Blues will be a huge success next season.

Buffon has played under Conte for both club and country, as the duo worked together at Serie A side Juventus, and during Conte's three-season tenure with The Old Lady, he guided the Bianconeri to three consecutive Serie A titles.

Although that same success has not quite been replicated on the international stage, Italy have been one of the biggest surprises at the Euros so far, winning against Belgium and Sweden, already claiming a spot in the knockout stage, when many refused to class them as one of the favourites.


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Conte will take over at Chelsea after the European Championships have concluded, and the Italian goalkeeper believes the manager is the perfect figure to bring the glory days back to Stamford Bridge off the back of a turbulent season.

Buffon explained the principles of Conte's success and, if carried out properly, how they are largely effective.

"Conte is a big coach and I'm convinced he will be an excellent one at Chelsea," Buffon told media on Friday.

"A Conte team is strong in defence and works constantly, day to day. Conte is a coach with a very simple idea.

"For the players, he makes it very clear.  He wants to play without risk in the defensive line and to exploit the opportunities to score goals when they come.

"This appears easy but he always wants more. So to go where we want we need to do whatever the coach asks of us.

"He is a strong character but in his personal dealings with players he is close to them, that's important for any dressing room. He always has a lot of dialogue with his players and I don't think there'll be problems."

Conte could be just what Chelsea need to start bringing the trophies back to Stamford Bridge. The Blues have an abundance of talent, but this also coincides with the fact they have an abundance of egos. 

With Antonio Conte's drill sergeant like attitude, he will surely put the players back in line.

We saw Jose Mourinho lose that power over the players last season, ultimately leading to his sacking in December and one of the worst Premier League title defenses ever.  

It was explained perfectly by technical director Michael Emenalo, calling the situation "a palpable discord with the players”.

We have seen Chelsea players like Diego Costa and Thibaut Courtois both thrive under tough managers. Costa and Courtois struggled to impress this season, but we saw them thrive year after year with Atletico Madrid, under Diego Simeone's no nonsense style of coaching. 

Conte shares many of the same values and ideas as Simeone, which should be encouraging to Chelsea supporters considering Atletico Madrid have been runners-up in the Champions League twice in three years.  

Other players like Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas seemed to lack passion last season, and this is another aspect Conte will put right at Stamford Bridge.  

What we have seen over the years with an Antonio Conte team is that there is definitely no lack of dedication and togetherness. With Italy, you see players fighting for each other and playing with passion for their team.

Compliments like this from a legend like Buffon, and many others, is very reassuring and shows that Chelsea have a high chance of, not only recovering, but flourishing next season under Antonio Conte.

Where will Chelsea finish next season in Antonio Conte's debut season? Have YOUR say in the comment section below!

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