Antonio Conte’s success with Chelsea this season has brought praise from around the European media. After a difficult start the Italian manager imposed his system and expectations upon his Chelsea squad and the results have been excellent.

Following a terrible season under Jose Mourinho, few would have expected Conte to be able to turn things around so quickly and dramatically, and that’s why Marca and others are very impressed.

Screen Shot 2016-12-16 at 09.37.59Marca say Conte is set to have a ‘cheerful’ Christmas with Chelsea remaining top of the pile.

The Spanish newspaper had hyped this season as a battle between Mourinho at Manchester United and Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

Conte for now is upsetting that, and Mourinho isn’t even in the Champions League places. The growing respect for Chelsea and Conte around Europe is something which will please the London club and the increased status may well aid in recruitment.

Chelsea seems to be a happy ship right now, and with Marca and others bigging that up, it’d be no surprise if footballers want to join.