Alan Pardew is an admirer of the impact that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has had on proceedings so far at Chelsea, but he feels much credit must go to the players the new boss has come in to work with on a daily basis.
“It’s a system he knows very well, he’s coached that system so he’s got it pretty nailed down, but they’ve still got world-class players.
“Don’t think it’s about this, or that. The manager’s done a great job but the world-class players are at the top of their game. And the best thing he’s done is not the system, he’s man-managed those people to perform better.
“Hazard and Costa are a different proposition this year, and they’ll be the first to admit that."
Chelsea go into the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday looking to set a new club record of 11 straight league wins and at his pre-match press conference Pardew praised his opposite number for the way he has taken to the style of Premier League football.
“Coming from Serie A it’s a different type of football and he’s got to grips with the toughness of the Premier League, and the physicality of it. He inherited players that were used to it, and he’s been helped by that. He’s still done a fabulous job, the system suits them, and at the moment they look unbeatable.”