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.
FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State’s Kyran Jackson is the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, Abilene Christian’s Jeremiah Chambers is the Defensive Player of the Week, while Lamar’s Caleb Abron is the Special Teams Player of the Week. The league made the announcement Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank. Jackson is the first Bearkat in history to have both 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a single game and is the first Southland player to do so since McNeese’s Toddrick Pendland accomplished the feat in the Cowboys’ road upset of Appalachian State in 2009. Jackson is one of just two players in the FCS to achieve the 100/100 feat this season, joined by Robert Morris’ Terrence Stephens Jr. who also did so this past weeked against Duquesne. The Wildcats’ win was their first over a Top-25 team since a 37-35 win over then-No. 25 Stephen F. Austin in 2014. Defensive Players of the Week: Jeremiah Chambers, Abilene Christian – Jr. – Linebacker – Austin, TexasChambers posted his fourth double-digit tackle total of the season as he finished with 14 tackles (8 solo) in the Wildcats’ win over 11th-ranked Nicholls. The Fort Worth product’s 28-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Bearkats the lead for good. He also had a 56-yard catch in the fourth quarter, marking the longest play from scrimmage for the Kats this year. Honorable Mention: Darrel Colbert, Lamar; Darren Johnson, Southeastern Louisiana Honorable Mention: Matt Cummins, Central Arkansas; Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin; Devonte Williams, Southeastern Louisiana Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. The junior linebacker’s efforts helped hold the Colonels’ offense — ranked third in the league entering the game — to 388 yards, 12 points and just one touchdown. Offensive Player of the Week: Kyran Jackson, Sam Houston State – So. – Running Back – Fort Worth, TexasJackson became the first Southland Conference player since 2009 to rush for more than 100 yards and have at least 100 yards receiving in the same game. The sophomore ran 23 times for 152 yards and a score, while also hauling in four passes for 116 yards, totaling 268 all-purpose yards. The Bearkats (4-2, 3-1 SLC) posted a 42-28 at Northwestern State on Oct. 13 to remain in the thick of the Southland championship race. Sam Houston stays on the road this weekend with a Saturday afternoon date at Lamar. The Wildcats (3-4, 2-3 SLC) pulled off the 44-34 upset victory over No. 11 Nicholls. ACU will travel to Southeastern Louisiana for a Saturday matchup. Meanwhile, Lamar (2-4, 1-3 SLC) handed Incarnate Word its first conference loss, 27-21, by way of a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown to claim the home win. Honorable Mention: Derick Roberson, Sam Houston; Chris Terrell, Central Arkansas Special Teams Player of the Week: Caleb Abrom, Lamar – Jr. – Defensive Back – DeSoto, TexasWith the game knotted at 21 with 12 seconds remaining, Incarnate Word lined up for the game-winning field goal. After calling three consecutive timeouts, Lamar blocked the kick which was scooped up by Abrom and returned 66 yards for the game-deciding touchdown. The 27-21 decisions was the Cardinals first Southland victory of the season and handed UIW its first conference loss of the year. The return helped end LU’s four-game skid. Chambers keyed a defense that pitched a second-half shutout and came up with two fourth-down stops late in the final quarter that kept the Colonels from cutting into ACU’s lead.