It features the only first-team boss to bring the Champions League trophy to the club – Roberto Di Matteo.

is conspicuous by his absence, so too Carlo Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink.

The lounge is where Antonio Conte sits as he vows that players will find themselves in “trouble” if they do not respect his tough working methods, and where he speaks of his ambition to help Chelsea stars like become “top, top, top talents” at the level of .

The photos hanging on the walls around him also explain the Italian’s intense focus on returning Chelsea to the Champions League.

Conte, the latest in a long line of high-profile managers employed by Roman Abramovich, knows he will be swiftly removed if that is not achieved.

Robust realism won him the nickname of ‘The Godfather’ among the Italian national team he coached at Euro 2016 and at Juventus before that.

“Yes, I read this,” says Conte with a grin. “But we won a lot with Juventus and we had a fantastic spirit with the Italian team. “The most important thing is education and respect. I always give that to the players but I demand the same.

“If I don’t have respect, you’re asking for problems, for trouble. The players must go with my ideas. They must understand why we play the way we do. It is important to have identity.

“I love to make players understand my philosophy. My approach is always in the right kind of way because I was a footballer once. When I make an emotional speech, I know their minds.”

Conte’s passionate nature was evident at Euro 2016, when he jumped on top of a dug-out in celebration of a goal against Spain. It can manifest itself at half-time with the throwing of proverbial tea-cups.

“Yes, that is passion,” he says. “As a coach, when you are winning at the break, sometimes you can feel there is something dangerous for the team. Therefore you have to keep the passion of the team very high and you must invent a strategy to keep it high.”

The 46-year-old Italian arrives at Chelsea with a huge task to restore them to the top echelons after a dismal 10th-place finish in the Premier League last season amid player discontent.

Conte is aiming for the stars, in more ways than one, with a particular mission to reinvigorate the club’s most dazzling talent Eden Hazard.

“Last season was very bad for the players,” says the new manager. “It is incredible that Chelsea finished 10th.

“When you have great players in a team with great character, and Hazard is one of them, the expectation can be very high. It is important for us to get Hazard back to his best condition, technically, physically and mentally. I spoke with him and I am very happy to train a fantastic player like him.

“Chelsea have players with great talent, who can become top, top, top players. At the moment the world doesn’t think they’re at the same level as Messi or Ronaldo or Neymar. But there are players that can reach this level, I’m sure.

The players must believe that they can become top, top, top. It is important for the manager to take the best and try to improve them.”

Inevitably the conversation ends with discussion of the Champions League and whether the absence of Chelsea from the competition could prove beneficial in challenging for the Premier League title this season.

Conte says: “Chelsea belong in the Champions League. In the Abramovich era, Chelsea always played there and I suffer a lot because we are not in the Champions League. The club suffers for that. We must get back there. We must fight to do that. That is what the manager at a great club does.”

The photographs all around him signal the message just as clearly.