Overworking players? No, we are training less, says Conte


Overworking players? No, we are training less, says Conte

Picture: Nazionale Calcio

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has responded to claims that players are fatigued because of his intensive training methods.

Critics accused the Italian of starting an injury crisis at Chelsea by overworking the players in training. There are currently no less than five players among which David Luiz, Tiemoue Bakayako, N’Golo Kante, and Victor Moses sidelined due to injuries. Conte, however, believes that it’s actually the other way around.

“I don’t know about this.” Conte answered when asked directly, “I have my methods. It’s the same like last season when we won the league.

“Honestly, I think we are working maybe 70 per cent less than last season and maybe for this reason we have trouble.

“In the tactical aspect and physical aspect, when you play every three days it is impossible to work on these aspects and you have to pay less attention in every detail.

Conte has been linked with a return to Italy as of late, but the Italian insists he is committed to Chelsea.

He said: “I think every coach and every manager has to feel the pressure. But I put all of myself into my job and for this reason I am happy.

“When I go to my house I know in every moment I put myself into this job for this club, for the fans and the players. You know very well that anything can happen in football.”

Chelsea now face a difficult period of two weeks during which they have to play five games. This starts against Watford on Saturday.



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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17