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Published: 17:24 | 8/4/16

Hiddink - Tough task awaits Conte

New Chelsea manager visited the club on Tuesday

Chelsea interim head coach Guus Hiddink says Antonio Conte's task of bringing success back to Stamford Bridge "is not easy".

Italy boss Conte, 46, was confirmed as Chelsea's new permanent manager this week, and will take charge once the Azzurri's European Championship campaign ends this summer.

Chelsea have struggled in the league this season after winning the title last year, and sit tenth in the table ahead of Saturday's visit to Swansea.

Hiddink, who has been in charge at Stamford Bridge since December following the sacking of Jose Mourinho, says Conte will take charge of a dressing-room devoid of the strong characters he inherited when he began his first caretaker spell in 2009.

"When I came here, going back in history, in 2009 there was also this transition, but at that time the team was firm regarding the personalities," the Dutchman said.

"There were players who knew the culture of English football, but especially the culture of the club, like Frank Lampard, John Terry, Michael Ballack, Michael Essien, Didier Drogba.

"Now it’s a bit different, and it’s not easy. But they're well aware and full of brightness and energy to get it restored."

However, Hiddink believes three-time Serie A winner Conte has the managerial record to attract top players to club, even though Chelsea will not feature in next season's Champions League.

"The CV of a manager can also attract players. Conte is showing he wants to come here knowing Chelsea will not play Champions League next year, but is showing that commitment," he continued.

"That might attract players as well.

"When you look at his record, he made a good spell in Juventus getting the title in Italy. So it’s always good because this club is always keen to play to win and for titles.

"He is equipped and able, and he’s used to the pressure, which is always on in big clubs to get titles."

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