Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has warned his new squad of players to expect “the hardest summer of their lives” as he looks to ramp up their fitness ahead of the new season.
Conte was announced at the new boss at Stamford Bridge before Euro 2016, but will only start in his new role this week after Italy’s campaign at Euro 2016. Conte, who managed Italy at the championships, saw his side lose out to Germany on penalties at the last eight stage, has now turned his attention to the Premier League after leaving his post.
The Italian is notorious for his hard-working teams, and plans to make Chelsea in the same mould for their kick off against West Ham early next month. While he’s yet to have his formal unveiling, he revealed in an interview – according to the Times – that the players can expect a tough summer.
Conte will take his first training session as #Chelsea coach on Wednesday and will be pleased with the condition of Diego Costa. [Telegraph]
— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) July 11, 2016
He said: “Be prepared to slog, this will be the hardest summer of your life.”
Spanish winger Pedro will be one of the players in Conte’s training sessions once he returns from post-Euro 2016 holiday, and he’s looking forward to working with the Italian and enjoying a better season than his debut last year.
He told Spanish publication La Opinion: “I’m very happy with how my first year went at Chelsea, especially for adaptation but not so much for the results.
“It was difficult for me and a situation I had never experienced in my career but we all learn and I think what happened will make me stronger.
“As you say, the following season could be crucial for me and I hope to be even more integrated into the team and the Premier League, hopefully we can be in the top positions.
“In this second year, I hope to improve and contribute more to the club that signed me. All teams are being reinforced very well and the league is becoming more competitive. It always has been, but look at what happened this season with the triumph of Leicester, whom nobody considered at the start of the season – that shows how anyone can win.
“We have a new coach in Antonio Conte, and I think he can help a lot and restore Chelsea to the place it belongs. I’ll do everything in my power to make it so.”
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