Boss Slaven Bilic has told his Irons squad to stun Chelsea just as they did Arsenal in last season’s opening fixture before new boss Antonio Conte has the time to create a Chelsea in his own image.
He understands the 47 year old has arrived to turn around a team which won the title two seasons ago but flirted with the relegation places in the last campaign before finishing tenth
Bilic said: “He is a great manager who did a terrific job with Juventus and Italy. He is one of them that wants to put a stamp on his team, not just to continue what the previous managers have done but change the way they approach the game, to change the principles and change the nature of the game.
“He is one of them, and that is why I rate his so highly.
“Is he going to do it straight away? It is more difficult, of course, to make an impact straight away, to change the long-term habits the players have — especially when they are big players at a big club like they are.
“But I’m sure he is going to do a good job there.”
He added: “We might do one more deal but I am happy with the squad I have now.”