Chelsea players are reportedly disappointed with Antonio Conte amid slump


Chelsea's squad are reportedly "unhappy with the intensity" of manager Antonio Conte's training methods and the fact it has not relented in 2017-18 despite a much busier schedule than last term.

Chelsea, who had no European commitments last season, play Watford on Saturday, seeking to avoid a third successive Premier League loss after defeats to Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

Conte's long-standing complaints about the billionaire owner's inaccessibility, the club's failure to support his efforts to add a Champions League trophy to the Premier League title secured in his debut season, and the quality and quantity of player recruitment are all factors in his visible discontent. Watford may be having a good season, but Chelsea need to go back to playing on the front foot, and the 3-4-3 is the ideal way to do it (even if some of our usual passing patterns are getting disrupted with more and more regularity).

That was my first season. Conte has publicly pointed to a lack of alternative options in his squad and, with injuries taking their toll, has only one seniormidfielder, Cesc Fàbregas, fully fit following the midweek draw with Roma in the Champions League.

Honestly, I think we are working maybe 70% less this season.

Chelsea has played 13 games so far in this campaign, recording seven wins, two draws, and four defeats, with a goal difference of 30:15, which is around 3.5 goals per contest on average.

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"Alongside that we are having important injuries and everyone knows we don't have a big squad".

"Now we are in October and we have to think about improving the present", he said. Don't find excuses. Always the truth.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said on Friday afternoon he was still unsure of his team selection for the game against Watford because of the Blues' injury concerns.

"Every coach and manager has to feel the pressure".

"When I go to my house I'm happy because I know in every moment I put all myself in my job for this club, for the fans, for my players".

Conte then dismissed his spat with Jose Mourinho as "stupid" After being pressed to comment on the Manchester United's "other coaches cry about injuries" jibe.