Chelsea Conte dismisses reports of Chelsea player unrest over training methods Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 22:29 10/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Chelsea v Watford The Premier League champions are not training as much this season due to the increased demands of playing in the Champions League Antonio Conte has dismissed suggestions his Chelsea players are unhappy with his methods this season.Chelsea head into Saturday’s meeting with Watford on the back of two Premier League defeats in a row and a 3-3 Champions League draw with Roma on Wednesday.Chelsea 23/20 to beat Watford to nil Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Blues have lost three times in their opening eight league games, having been beaten just five times en route to winning the title in Conte’s first term in charge.There have also been reports of unrest in the dressing room during their difficult run, with some senior players said to be unhappy with the head coach’s arduous training programme.“I don’t know about this,” said Conte when asked about the rumours.Although Conte says he is happy with his players’ commitment, he suggested the return of European football this season has forced Chelsea to work “70 per cent less” in training than they would like.”My method is the same, like last season,” he said. “Honestly, I think we are maybe working 70 per cent less this season, on the tactical aspect and the physical aspect, because we are playing every three days.”When you play every three days, it’s impossible to work above all on the physical aspects. On the tactical aspects you have to work less and pay less attention on every detail. We are doing this.”After two defeats and a draw… I’m happy for the effort and commitment of my players. If you ask me about the last results, I’m not happy. After two defeats and one draw, no coach can be happy.”Conte added his determination to give everything to turn results around at the club despite suggestions his job is coming under increasing pressure.”I think every manager has to feel pressure,” he said. “But I repeat: I try to put all myself in the job. For this reason, I’m happy, I’m happy when I go to my house because I know I put in all of myself for this club, these fans, these players.”Anything can happen in football. You continue to speak about this. The most important thing is to work. I hope to have this enthusiasm, passion, will to work. These are the most important things.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Victory by the young West Indies squad in the recently concluded ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup brought not only relief, but unmitigated joy to the West Indian cricket fan who has suffered day after day, series after series, quarrel after quarrel, as those representing us, either on the field or off the field, appear to strive valiantly to make the game of cricket relevant only to those who are interested in the scores in a match. The following day, therefore, the red carpet treatment arranged by grateful fans to the returning conquerors was welcomed. However, the joy of the real cricket fan was tempered by the bizarre rush to claim responsibility for the victory by the much pilloried president of the West Indies Cricket Board, Mr Dave Cameron. As is now usual, Mr Cameron congratulated himself and the board for the “preparation” of the team before they reached Bangladesh, conveniently forgetting that the successful coach of the team, on his arrival in Bangladesh, bemoaned the lack of match preparation of the team before their arrival in the venue of the World Cup. COACH’S COMPLAINT The veracity of the coach’s complaint was revealed by the fact that our young heroes lost their three warm-up games against the host nation and also lost their opening game against England. After a start like that and the ensuing media firestorm after the win against Zimbabwe, the resilience and character shown by the team, and to no small extent, the coach and the experienced staff that accompanied the team, is one of the reasons the West Indies triumphed. It has absolutely nothing to do with Mr Cameron and his fellow executives, who are determined to stay in charge of West Indies cricket against the wishes of some fans, some prime ministers, and some of the ordinary citizens of this region. That cut like a knife when his self congratulatory statement was heard. Every fan and student of the game now recognises the importance of keeping this group of cricketers together, while continuously exposing them to superior skills. The call to “do a South Africa” and include fast bowling sensation Alzarri Joseph into the senior squad in time for the June series of international matches – as was done by South Africa after their triumph in the last World Cup on the back of their fast bowler, Kagisi Rabada – has been initiated by Tony Cozier, a noted West Indian scribe and cricket guru. This call is reasonable and makes excellent cricketing sense, but the implementation of this suggestion has to be ratified by a group of men (the selectors). Previous groups of young West Indians have been neglected, and as a consequence, they are out of the sport. As long as this board remains in charge, I do fear that the same neglect will follow, no matter what the president says now.