Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s already fragile position at the club came in for a further battering today, with reports emerging that his players are becoming increasingly frustrated by his training methods.
The Blues have been in stuttering form so far in 2018, and have lost their last two Premier League fixtures to Bournemouth and Watford, conceding seven goals in the process.
This poor form on the pitch combined with Conte’s fairly public feud with his club’s board over their transfer policy has lead to intense speculation that the Italian may well be sacked in the coming days.
Daily Mail journalist’s Sami Mokbel and Matt Barlow have now revealed that Chelsea’s players are becoming exasperated by their Italian coaches approach, when they said:
‘Some find Conte’s training regime repetitive and monotonous. Similarly, players have blamed the tension at the club’s Cobham HQ on Conte’s ‘bad moods’.
‘Conte, it is understood, launched into a furious dressing-room rant after last week’s home defeat by Bournemouth – perhaps understandable given they had just lost 3-0 at home.
‘Players have privately complained of fatigue, blaming the manager’s intense training schedule. The fact the squad have suffered a number of muscular injuries this season indicates they are being overworked.’
Conte is famed for his intense training methods, although he has refused to tailor his strict regime to take into account the extra demands of Champions League football this season.
The former Juventus coach cut a frustrated figure on the sideline at Vicarage Road during his sides latest defeat to Watford on Monday night, and several of his players performances suggested that all is not well at the club.
Despite winning the Premier League and reaching the FA Cup final in his first season in English football, rumours are rife today that Chelsea’s board have already approached former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique about taking over the reigns at Stamford Bridge.