Chelsea manager Antonio Conte hopes to take inspiration from England rugby union coach Eddie Jones when Chelesa face Swansea City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Conte showed desire to improve his side’s performance when he exchanged ideas with Jones who has a perfect record of 15 wins from 15 games since taking charge of England. His latest success is a 21-16 defeat of Wales.
“Eddie is a winner and he is transferring that mentality on to the team,” Conte said after visiting the English Rugby Union Coach.
The former Juventus coach admitted that it is a vital thing to compare football with another sport as far as inspiration is involved.
“It is important for me to compare my work and experience with another sport to gain inspiration and tactical ideas for the future,” the Italian added.
The league leaders will face the reigning Emirates FA Cup Champions Manchester United in the FA Cup quarterfinals with last weekend’s defeat of Wolverhampton Wanderers.Return to Premier League action will be an aim to consolidate their eight-point lead at the top of the table.
Conte will recall a number of senior players who missed the trip to Wolves, including defenders David Luiz, Gary Cahill and Marcos Alonso.
Saturday’s game marks the return of Paul Clement to Stamford Bridge. The Swansea manager worked as Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant at the west London club.
But Clement has also credited the contribution of his backroom staff with helping turn things around at the Liberty Stadium, including Claude Makelele who is also a former Blues midfielder.
Swansea will be without Ki Sung-Yueng with a knee injury, Nathan Dyer with Achilles problem and Jefferson Montero who suffered a hamstring injury but Clement insisted his players should travel with confidence.
“When we went to Liverpool and Manchester City, I don’t think people expected much of us,but we won one of those games and were unlucky not to get a positive result in the other, and I think both those teams would say we gave them hard games,”said Clement.