Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has warned his side that there is ‘no escape’ if they don’t achieve success this season.
Conte, who recently led Italy’s national team to a Euro 2016 quarter-final, has been training with his new side for over a fortnight and is now preparing to face Liverpool in California this Sunday.
The Italian manager is aware of the pressure involved in managing Chelsea, stating that he knows he needs to win silverware to be considered a success.
“As the players and manager of a great club like Chelsea, the targets are very clear — you can’t escape.” He told reporters, as quoted in the Evening Standard.
“The targets are the same — to fight to win or to fight to the end to win. It’s also important that the fans see our passion.
“After a week, I am very happy because I have found a great atmosphere and a great attitude between the players. This is very, very important to have — we are working very hard.
“We need to transfer my idea of football and for this reason I need a bit of time. But I’m happy to have this great telepathy with the players because we are changing the work compared to the last seasons, in the physical and tactical aspect.
“I am very happy to have this experience, to be manager of a great club like Chelsea.
“It’s the right moment for me to stay here, in a fantastic championship with a great atmosphere, great passion. I am staying at the right place, I feel this.”
Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci nicknamed Conte ‘the Godfather’ for the way he speaks to players and demands respect. This sentiment was reiterated by Blues midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who claims that Conte’s methods are working.
“The manager demands high level performance in training and in games,” he said. “He gives respect to you and you respect him back.
“He is such a good manager in that way, in helping you learn, he’s such a nice person as well. We all really like him and want him to do well, as well as trying and do well ourselves.
“I feel like it is a fresh start for everyone. Everything feels like it is a clean slate.”