Antonio Conte has won the hearts of Chelsea fans everywhere because of his “hard work and passion”, according to Gary Cahill.
The 47-year-old guided the Stamford Bridge-based club to a sixth top-flight title after being appointed as manager last summer.
Throughout the season he’s become renowned for exuberant celebrations and touchline antics which Cahill feels, coupled with his tireless work, has endeared him to the club’s faithful.
“He’s done it with hard work and passion,” he told the club’s official website.
“He’s very intense in a good way. He drills us every day, tirelessly. We’ve all chipped in, we’ve all bought into it and he’s been fantastic.
“We spoke before the game today, these opportunities like this don’t come around every day and you have to grab them with both hands. He said to keep calm and play our football.
“He’s so passionate for us to win, but in certain situations he wants to have that calm.
“He said the same at half-time, maybe we were trying to force things and they made it very difficult, defended very well, got bodies behind the ball, so we had to be patient to break it down.”