Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente looking forward to Antonio Conte reunion
9th September 2016
Fernando Llorente is relishing a reunion with Antonio Conte this weekend - and reckons his old boss can win the Premier League in his first season at Chelsea.
Llorente and Conte will be on opposite sides when Swansea City return to top-flight action with a home game against the Blues on Sunday.
But the pair have previously enjoyed happy times when fighting for the same cause.
Conte was Juventus boss when Llorente joined the Italian heavyweights in the summer of 2013.
And in their one campaign together - Conte left his post to take charge of Italy's national side in 2014 - the duo helped Juve win a third successive Serie A title, while they also reached the semi-finals of the Europa League and lifted the Italian Super Cup.
In an interview for this weekend's Jack Magazine, Llorente has spoken of his admiration for his former manager.
"I know Antonio Conte very well. I worked with him for one year and I know he is very good at his job," the Swans striker said.
"He is very, very good - he improves the teams he works with a lot.
"The teams he manages play with his characteristics - they play like he used to play.
"I enjoyed playing in his team and I will look forward to seeing him this weekend. I will speak to him - but hopefully we can beat his team."
Having left the Italy job to take charge at Chelsea in the summer, Conte has made a flying start to life in English football, winning his first four games.
Llorente is not surprised - and reckons Conte's star-studded side can thrive throughout this season.
"I think Conte will be a success at Chelsea," he added.
"He can win the Premier League I think because he has some very good players."
*You can read the full interview with Fernando Llorente in this season's second edition of Jack Magazine, which will be available this Sunday.
As well as Conte, Llorente discusses his time in La Liga, his spectacular achievements with Spain and his desire to add to his medal collection while wearing a Swans shirt.
As usual, Jack Magazine will be packed with entertaining and insightful content, with in-depth player interviews, historical features and glimpses of what goes on behind the scenes at Swansea City.
In issue two, we also speak to Swans legend Alan Tate, who has started a new role in the club's academy.
There is all the news from the Liberty, plus we hear from Francesco Guidolin, Leon Britton and chairman Huw Jenkins.
We discover what Neil Cutler, the goalkeeper who starred in that crucial win over Hull City 13 years ago, is up to these days, while fellow stopper Gerhard Tremmel recalls a very special triumph over Chelsea.
And there is plenty more in this week's Jack Magazine, including news from the development squad, the academy and the ladies' team, plus all you need to know about Chelsea.
Issue two is available for just £3 from around the Liberty, the club shop and online.
Jack Magazine really is a must-have for any Swans fan, so don't miss out.
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