Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic has been impressed with what he has seen already from Antonio Conte, but insists there is still work ahead, the Mirror reports.
Conte, 46, took charge of his first game in a surprising 2-0 defeat at the hands of Austrian outfit Rapid Vienna on Saturday after just five days of training.
Despite the defeat, former Stoke City ‘keeper Begovic believes he and teammates have already gleaned a lot from the fiery coach in the five days together.
The former Italy manager, who had expressed his desire for his new players to “work,work,work” in his opening press conference, has been doing just that according to Begovic with the 29-year-old admitting it has been a “hard week” of training.
He said: “It’s been a good, hard week with lots of training and it was nice to finish it off with a match and get the cobwebs off.
“We are buying into what the manager wants us to do. We are working hard to try to improve. We’re working in a different way so it’s going to take a bit of time to process but so far so good, and I think over time we’ll get better.
“He communicates very well, so he got his message across at half-time and before the game. We expect to work hard, that’s part of pre-season. We’re trying to be very disciplined. The work ethic is very strong.
“We’ve got some hard days ahead, we need to get our base fitness and it is something that will do us good in the long run. We’re enjoying the hard work.”
Begovic has also expressed his delight at the £32m signing of N’Golo Kante from Premier League champions Leicester City. The France international played a pivotal role in the shock title win and the former Stoke ‘keeper says he will have the same impact with the Blues.
“He was a huge player for Leicester last season and he had a good impact with France as well at the Euros, so it’s a player we are looking forward to adding to the team,” Begovic added.
“You can never have too deep a squad so the more options we have, the better. Kante will add a lot to our team and make us better.”