West Ham's Angelo Ogbonna backs Antonio Conte to succeed at Chelsea

West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna refers to Antonio Conte as the tailor -- and believes the new Chelsea manager is cut from the same cloth as Slaven Bilic.

Conte takes charge of his first match as Chelsea's latest manager when they welcome Bilic's West Ham to Stamford Bridge on Monday night.

He worked with Hammers defender Ogbonna at both Juventus and with the Italy national team as recently as Euro 2016.

And the 28-year-old thinks Conte will do well in England, backing him to turn Chelsea's fortunes around after they finished 10th last season.

"I call him 'tailor' because he arrived at Juventus when they were not playing well and the same with Italy and he can repair them, it is the same with Chelsea," he said.

"I think he will bring passion to the Premier League. He likes to improve his players with physical methods and likes to improve the character.

"When I heard he was being appointed Chelsea manager and had the chance to come into the Premier League, I think it is good for him.

"It is the same with Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho as well. It is good for the Premier League and something is changing. The football will improve."

While Ogbonna holds Conte in high regard, it will be all business when the pair arrive at Stamford Bridge.

"I will just say hello to Antonio. We are friends but not on the pitch," he said.

"The manager is preparing everything and this is the first match. Every manager wants to do well in the first game and I think it will really be a good game."

Conte is known for the passion he exudes on the touchline and Ogbonna compared him to his West Ham boss Bilic.

"Conte has improved me as a player and all the players he worked with. I have a similar coach as well in Slaven who has the same character and both of them can improve players," he added.

"[Conte] is similar to Slaven, proper similar. Slaven has a good humour and good passion and doesn't like to lose.

"When he loses he is so angry. I think he is similar, they look for the human being first and after that the player, that is how you can compare."

Asked if Bilic was the most passionate manager he has worked for, Ogbonna said: "Yes, Conte and Slaven are very close.

"Nobody wants to cross him when he's angry. But it's normal, maybe it's better for us that he's angry and not smiling all the time. He has a good sense of humour, depending on the context.

"He can be angry when you prepare for a big match, maybe you feel -- not just the manager but me as well -- you are really concentrating because it's a big match, sometimes it's better to humour the team -- you need to be a smiler."