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Antonio Conte has given Chelsea a season worth celebrating

Antonio Conte has given Chelsea a season worth celebrating

Under normal circumstances, attending the holiday office party isn’t considered a particularly noble act. But when you’re the head coach of the Chelsea Football Club, there are no such things as “normal circumstances.”

So when Antonio Conte became the first manager in six years to show up and share a toast with the team’s receptionists, secretaries and security personnel earlier this month, it was the latest in a series of departures from the diva-esque Jose Mourinho, the man who preceded him.

Last December, office workers did their best to avoid eye contact with Mourinho, less the self-proclaimed “Special One” fly off in a rage. This year Conte spent two hours smiling for...

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