Antonio Conte is set to win the title in his first season at Chelsea
While the players are keeping a cool head as they look to close out the Premier League title, boss Conte is as passionate as ever.
His behaviour has been watched at close quarters by Eddie Newton, the Chelsea coach who deals with the club’s loan players.
And he revealed all on life at Chelsea in an exclusive interview with Express Sport today.
Speaking about the atmosphere at the Cobham training ground, Newton said: “It’s very relaxed to be honest – except when Antonio is on the training pitch.
“Everyone is very confident around the building, as they should be.
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It’s very relaxed to be honest – except when Antonio is on the training pitch!
Chelsea insider Eddie Newton
“Many of the players in the squad know how to take it to the wire as they’ve been in this position many times before.
“They know what to do and they know how to act going into the end of the season.
“It’s the business end of the season and they just need to stay professional and do the rest of the task.”
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Crucial to the Blues closing out the job, Newton thinks, are their wise heads.
Chelsea won the Premier League title in 2015 and many of that squad are still at the Bridge. That includes John Terry, who has as many starts this season as he has Premier League titles – five.
Newton said: “It’s an advantage to have as many players as we have who have won titles.
“You have to know how to do it. Some players can freeze in these situations but if you’ve experienced them before you’re a little more comfortable.
“We’re in a very good position. We’ve done a great job so far but you don’t tempt fate and start talking until you’ve crossed the line.
“There’s some difficult games in front and you know what the Premier League is like.
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Eddie was speaking ahead of hosting the Carabao Legends' Lounge for Chelsea vs Manchester United
“Everyone is fighting, this is the business end and we have to be concentrating to keep going in the same manner like we have all season.”
Newton, a former Chelsea player, served as coach to Guus Hiddink last season and is enjoying life under his replacement Conte.
The two boss' styles, however, are markedly different.
He added: “Antonio is quite driven, as you can see from the sidelines at the weekend.
“He’s a driven individual and knows what he wants to see on the training ground and drives it every day.
“His personality comes out in coaching on the side of the pitch and the players have adapted to it.”
Eddie was speaking ahead of hosting the Carabao Legends' Lounge for Chelsea vs Manchester United. To win a seat and join Eddie for the match, visit: @CarabaoUK for more details.