Antonio Conte has overseen an incredible transformation at Stamford Bridge, which has seen his Chelsea team go from being defensively shambolic to the summit of the Premier League.
The Blues won their first three league games under their new boss, but suffered disappointing defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal in September, with the manner of the defeats particularly scrutinised by fans and pundits alike.
Nonetheless, Conte switched to a back three, and Chelsea have since reaped the dividends by winning six successive league games, and not conceding a goal in any of them.
Consequently, Chelsea have risen to the top of the Premier League at the expense of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool, who only managed a draw at Southampton at the weekend, while Conte’s Blues won at Middlesbrough on Sunday.
No European commitments is going to seriously benefit a reborn Chelsea team as the season progresses, and there is now genuine optimism among Blues fans that they can regain the Premier League title.
However, some still feel that they need more to sustain a title challenge, so here are TWO La Liga stars who Conte should try and snap up in January…