Chelsea fans were drooling as Antonio Conte showed his tactical nous to blunt Spain


Antonio Conte is probably the most popular man in Italy right now. He's pretty popular in west London too.

If Chelsea fans were unsure of the tactical acumen of their new boss then it was laid bare as he masterminded Italy's 2-0 win over defending champions Spain at Euro 2016.

Spain's superstar midfield - which includes Chelsea duo Cesc Fabregas and Pedro - were never allowed to find any sort of fluency as Conte's men harried and swarmed all around them en-route to a mightily impressive 2-0 win.

The fact he did it without resorting to all-out defence made the game entertaining to watch too.

Last season Chelsea's star names had an absolute shocker and when Jose Mourinho finally got the boot he claimed he had been betrayed by his players.

It was the complete opposite in Paris as Conte's side - which is hardly full of big names - did everything they could to carry out the coach's masterplan.

The fact Conte seemed to kick every ball during a chaotic and energetic display on the touchline only endeared him to the watching fans.

There were some unlikely stats.

But before Chelsea fans start getting carried away a word of warning. Remember Louis van Gaal taking Holland to the World Cup final before he pitched up at Old Trafford?