It is never a walk in the park for a manager, especially if he is competing in the Premier League. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte seems to have fallen out of favour this season at Stamford Bridge, with the responsibility of defending the league title proving to be a bit too hard for the Italian.
The season so far has been a bumpy ride for a side that was so dominant last season. Having already lost three Premier League games and nine points adrift of league leaders Man City, things are not going well for the Blues, with reports claiming that the players are not happy with the manager.
They feel the club’s intense training sessions and workload are causing poor results and injury problems. Conte has stuck to a similar training schedule to last season, when Chelsea were not playing any European football.
Reports suggest that several members of the squad privately complained of fatigue after the team had three training sessions between Saturday’s defeat to Crystal Palace and the 3-3 draw with Roma on Wednesday. Some players have also blamed Conte to be the cause of some of their injury problems, as he has been working the players too hard.
N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses are out with hamstring injuries. Alvaro Morata too, joined the list of casualties when he picked up an injury before the international break, and David Luiz, along with Tiemoue Bakayoko, have been the latest players to be sidelined because of injury.
Meanwhile, Conte is still unhappy he didn’t get all his summer transfer targets. In an echo of his frustration in the summer about the club’s failure to acquire a number of key transfer targets in preparation for their involvement in the Champions League, Chelsea’s manager bemoaned his team’s lack of depth after an insipid performance away to the Premier League’s bottom side, which led to the reigning Champions slipping nine points behind Man City at the top.
It remains to be seen if Conte can produce the same magic as last season to defend their title, or is it the beginning of the end of the Italian maestro at Stamford Bridge?
Written by Himangshu Das
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