Antonio Conte claims he hadn't heard of Chelsea star before arriving in England

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Antonio Conte has already experienced many of the highs and lows that come with being the manager of Chelsea.

The Italian began his reign at Stamford Bridge in convincing fashion with four wins on the bounce in all competitions.

A draw at Swansea raised a few eyebrows and would spark a run that saw his side be completely outplayed in their next two Premier League outings against Liverpool and Arsenal.


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Despite disappointingly bowing out of the League Cup at the hands of West Ham during midweek, Conte has turned things around looks set to recalibrate the Blues’ course towards the top of the table.

To get the best out of his new squad, Conte has seemingly decided on using a 3-4-3 formation with wing-backs – a system that relies heavily on the work rate of the two central midfielders.

One man in particular – N’Golo Kante – has been a staple in the Chelsea team this campaign despite the former Juventus boss admitting he had never heard of him prior to arriving at Stamford Bridge.

“Did I know him before I came here? The answer is no. I do now,” said Conte, as per Goal.

The 47-year-old went on to heap praise on the France international for demonstrating his qualities in west London so quickly after joining from Leicester in a £32 million deal.

“I think he’s a complete midfielder, not only a defensive midfielder.

“I like when N’Golo goes to press the play in the system we are playing now, I like it a lot. N’Golo is very good.

“I remember before the game against Leicester, many people said that he is a different player compared to last year, when he played for them.

“But I said N’Golo is playing very well at the moment and we are very pleased to have him here in the side playing for us.”

Some might be too proud to admit it, but very few football fans outside France would have been familiar with Kante before he lit up the English top-flight lasts season.

Whether he had pages of notes or not even the faintest clue about him before coming to Chelsea, Conte must just be glad to have him on the books.

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