New manager Antonio Conte hopes to re-ignite Chelsea’s title challenge this season.
The Italian was unveiled as Chelsea head coach at Stamford Bridge on Thursday, and the 46-year-old becomes the permanent successor to Jose Mourinho after Chelsea’s miserable Premier League title defence last term, when they finished 10th behind Leicester.
He acknowledged the competitive nature of the Premier League, but has high hopes for the Blues. and Conte expressed pride and excitement at the challenge which he has begun.
He joins Mourinho, Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Arsene Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino and Claudio Ranieri as a Premier League boss.
“We’re slightly under-rated, but I hope we’re in there and we can surprise people and that this can motivate us further,” Conte said.
“I hope there is a small flame flickering that can eventually grow into a blazing inferno.”