Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has heaped praise on Carlo Cudicini for his efforts in helping to unite the dressing room.
Divisions within the squad emerged last season as the club’s defence of the Premier League title imploded and resulted in the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
Conte was appointed in the summer as Mourinho’s permanent successor and, after a mini wobble and a change of formation, has restored order and optimism which has culminated in a five-match winning run.
Key the renewed spirit has been the west London club’s former goalkeeper who was appointed to the coaching staff in the close season.
‘I have two coaches for the physical work, two for the metabolic work and one for the strength work, and then I have two assistant coaches and also my brother who helps me to prepare for the games with analysis studying the opponent and studying our game,’ Conte told the club’s official website.
‘I also have Carlo Cudicini who is helping me and the other staff a lot with his experience because he knows the club well and for sure he is a person very important at this moment. He is helping to create a good relationship with the players.
‘Communication is very important. It is important not only the manager but the staff feel their responsibility. The manager is the boss but you must give the opportunity to your staff to exploit their knowledge.
‘It is important when you are in a great team to have good staff to help you in every moment of the day.’