Antonio Conte’s methods for avoiding a Jose Mourinho-like post-title collapse have been revealed, the Italian manager going into near obsessive detail on his players already.
According to The Sun, the Italian boss took away individual training statistics from the club’s 2015 pre-season tour when he went to Majorca this month, just days after the end of the 2016/17 season.
After the Blues won the Premier League title in the 2014/15 season, Jose Mourinho and his side began the next season in dismal form, including nine losses in their first 16 games to leave them 16th in the Premier League approaching Christmas.
Mourinho was let go after this awful run of form, widely attributed to a combination of a dressing room fallout involving the sacking of popular club doctor Eva Carneiro.
Mourinho also blamed his squad’s lack of fitness and recognised his own error in pushing his squad too hard during the final three months of their title winning season.
Conte followed much the same formula by only using 22 players throughout the entirety of this season, one of the lowest number of players in the league, and the Italian is hell-bent on avoiding the same mistakes that cost his predecessor the Chelsea hot-seat.
Despite half a dozen first team players like John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires leaving since 2015, Chelsea and Conte still retain a substantial amount of players from that title winning side.
Thibaut Courtois, Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard, for example, all remain key players for Antonio Conte, and the Chelsea manager firmly believes studying each players’ training data and adapting individual fitness regimes is the key to avoiding another ‘burnout’.
One player is reportedly no longer a key player for Conte and Chelsea is forward Diego Costa.
The Spaniard has released information of a text message which seemingly confirmed that he is no longer wanted by the London club and that Chelsea are looking to sell the 28-year-old striker.
Costa has played 119 games for the Blues scoring 58 goals in the process and has reportedly already being approached by AC Milan.