The Chelsea players have experienced their first taste of Antonio Conte, after Italian manager took the reigns over his first ever training session with the West London side at their Cobham facility.
Conte was announced as the Blues’ new manager prior to Euro 2016, where he guided Italy to the quarter finals, only to lose out to World Cup winners Germany in a nail biting penalty shootout.
Yet, now his focus is firmly on the Premier League and he led two training sessions in London for the Chelsea players who have already returned from their summer holidays. The club’s website described the nature of the drills that were enforced in the pleasant London weather.
“The Italian was already on the pitch to greet the players as they headed outside and, following a light jog to warm up, they were split into two groups for a short passing exercise. The players then spent a long period working on patterns of play and keeping the ball.
“Conte was heavily involved and very vocal throughout the session, regularly stopping each drill to offer advice and encouragement, both to individual players and the group as a whole.
The morning session ended with a group stretch before the players headed back inside. They will be back out on the Cobham training pitch later this afternoon.”
Meanwhile, Leonardo Bonucci, who excelled under for both club and country and is now strongly linked to follow his former manager to Stamford Bridge, is confident Conte will succeed in England, as the Mirror reported.
“The players in the Italy team nicknamed him The Godfather. That means when he talks, you listen. You do what he says and you don’t argue. Players want to listen though. Nobody gave Italy much of a chance in France, and in the end we only got beaten on penalties by the world champions.
“Conte will be a big success in England, Chelsea are already a very good team, and he will have them challenging both in England and in Europe. He likes leaders, he likes big personalities, but he will not stand for players who think they are bigger than him. He is the boss, and if you listen to him and show him respect, you will see he is one of the best bosses in the game.”