Antonio Conte’s Chelsea future remains in question as Giorgio Chiellini comments on his training method

The Italian romped to Premier League success last term, but is now a man under pressure at Stamford Bridge
Antonio Conte’s future at Chelsea continues to be the cause of much question, with doubts how much longer the 48-year-old will last at Stamford Bridge.
The Italian may have led the Blues to the Premier League title in his debut season, but failing to challenge leaders Manchester City this term means the revolving manager’s door could be set to spin once more.
Monday night’s thrashing at Watford – on the back of the 3-0 loss at home to Bournemouth – left the west London club fourth.
They are 19 points off the top and look a shadow of the side that ran away from the rest 12 months ago.
Even then, Conte’s relationship with the club’s hierarchy has never appeared particularly settled.
There have been rows over signings and whether funds have been available and also the occasions where he has chosen to go off message; notably during the summer when Conte was under orders not to talk about Diego Costa but elected to go public with his thoughts regardless.
In a bid to get his side back on track after they fell apart at Vicarage Road, Conte has given his stars three days off. There is no doubt they need it; double sessions, excruciating drills and even workouts on the day of games have left players tired and fatigued. That’s one thing when a side is riding a crest of a wave, winning consistently as the Blues were last season.
During his time at Juventus, he had no such problems, as the Bianconeri sauntered to Serie A glory in three successive seasons.
At the heart of Conte’s all Italian back line, alongside Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci, was Giorgio Chiellini.
And Chiellini, the veteran Italian international, insists that unless you have 100 per cent belief in the methods of Conte, a highly driven, combative and confrontational manager who is relentless, then “It is not only in the match with Conte. It is all day, every training session,” he told the Daily Mail. “He is like a police sergeant. We felt something very special in his atmosphere, for three years with him at Juventus and two years in the national team.
“When you finish training, you are dead. Not tired – dead. You can do it only because you believe in what he does.
you simply cannot go on.
“We had 40 days in France and it was like entering another world. You are 100 per cent with him. He creates an atmosphere, everyone gives energy to each other. For sure he is one of the very best.”
But now, Conte’s sergeant major act appears to be wearing thin and he is walking a tightrope.
They were of course warned about what they were getting ahead of time. Andrea Pirlo made it clear in May 2016: “If he takes a job, any job, it will have to be on his terms.


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