Antonio Conte’s future as Chelsea manager has been plunged into further doubt with reports suggesting that a core group of Blues players have become tired of their coaches intense training methods.
The former Juventus coach had a superb first season in English football winning the Premier League title and reaching the FA Cup final. However, the 48-year-olds public falling out with his clubs board and poor results on the pitch have meant that he looks likely to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of this campaign.
Conte has a reputation for working his players extremely hard, with Kieran Gill writing in the Daily Mail that many of Chelsea’s players have become exacerbated with his tough training regime.
“Some of the squad – not all, but a core group – have grown tired of Conte’s training sessions. So much nitpicking, so much endless criticism. It isn’t enjoyable.”
“Training under Conte is highly tactical and recorded so the footage can be studied for mistakes and replayed to Chelsea’s stars during video sessions later.”
“It’s like being back at school with an ill-tempered teacher. Conte has become well known for his strops, some of which can often be witnessed on the Stamford Bridge touchline.”
Chelsea currently sit in fifth place in the league, five points behind fourth placed Spurs. The London rivals face each other at Stamford Bridge tomorrow in a game that the Blues can simply not afford to lose if they are to have any chance of finishing in the top four this season.