Antonio Conte has made Chelsea look unbeatable: Alan Pardew

Updated: Dec 23, 2016, 14:58 IST | PA Sport |

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew feels Antonio Conte has made Chelsea look unbeatable as the Blues look to equal club-record of 11 EPL wins

Chelsea are on a 10-match winning run in this season’s Premier League while concedeing only two goals. pic/getty images

London: Alan Pardew has praised the job Antonio Conte has so far done at Chelsea, but stressed his "fabulous" influence owes much to the players he inherited. 

Crystal Palace host Chelsea today when Conte’s team hope to set a new club record of 11 straight league wins and strengthen their lead at the top of the Premier League.

Alan Pardew

They have been transformed since the Italian adopted the increasingly-popular 3-4-3 formation.

Pardew also recognises they look "unbeatable", but is adamant it is the players and not the system that is responsible for their success.

"It’s a system he knows very well; he’s coached that system so he’s got it pretty nailed down," said Pardew.

Antonio Conte

"Don’t think it’s about this, or that. The manager’s done a great job but the world-class players are at the top of their game. And the best thing he’s done is not the system: he’s man-managed those people to perform better. (Eden) Hazard and (Diego) Costa are a different proposition this year, and they’ll be the first to admit that, (Cesc) Fabregas too. "Coming from Serie A it’s a different type of football and he’s got to grips with the toughness of the Premier League, and the physicality of it. (But) he’s still done a fabulous job, the system suits them, and at the moment they look unbeatable," said Pardew in a press conference.

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