New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has officially arrived at the club off the back of a hugely impressive Euro 2016 campaign with Italy this summer, and there seemed to be a new sense of optimism surrounding the club after a season to forget under Jose Mourinho.
However, the honeymoon period appears to have come to a halt a lot earlier than expected for the Italian coach.
After witnessing a 2-0 loss in his first game in charge on their pre-season tour, Conte also received a healthy reminder that Diego Costa hasn’t attended any anger management courses over his holidays, as the Spanish international was involved in a minor bust up just 10 minutes in.
After some off-the-ball jostling with a member of Austrian side Vienna, Srdjan Grahovac, the Brazilian born player appeared to grab the player’s shirt before squaring up with his now infamous angry stare and shoving the midfielder away.
The referee could be excused for thinking this wasn’t a ‘friendly’ match and yellow carding the 27-year-old for his reaction from the challenge, but he refrained from showing any cards from his pocket.
Conte may be winning over his Chelsea players on the training ground, but it seems he needs to a lot more work to find that defensive stability, and calming down hot-head Costa.