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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte took journalists out for beer last week

The Blues boss has reason to be merry with his side sitting top of the Premier League.

And the Italian has shown he’s no Scrooge during the festive season – by getting his wallet out down the pub!

The Chelsea manager got the drinks in for journalists at a pub near the club’s Cobham training ground last Thursday after his final pre-Christmas press conference.

BBC reporter John Southall revealed: “A handful of journalists were invited for a pre-Christmas drink with the manager after his press conference.

“So we all adjourned to the local pub around the corner and he bought us a beer – it was all very pleasing.

“I have to say he was very engaging company.

“We all adjourned to the local pub around the corner and he bought us a beer”

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was full of Christmas spirit last week

“I think it reflects what he has really done at this club.

“The players know exactly where they stand with him on and off the pitch and his man management appears to be good.

“Remember this time last year Chelsea were three points off the relegation zone and treading water under Guus Hiddink.

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“He has transformed it.”

Conte was toasting his side’s 12th win on the bounce on Boxing Day as Pedro and Eden Hazard turned on the style against Bournemouth.

The win moved Chelsea seven points clear at the summit.

And at the rate the Blues are going, the Italian boss will be swapping the beers for champagne in no time…

Source: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/sport/football/573255/Chelsea-Antonio-Conte