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.
The Legend of Zorrodir Martin Campbellout nowIn 1998, The Mask of Zorro, alsodirected by Martin Cambell,was released to general acclaim.A rousing, swashbuckling adventurewith a healthy dose of humour,it made a sequel entirely predictable.Sadly, predictable is certainlythe watchword for this latest offeringfrom the conveyor-belt that isHollywood. The film, essentially aninferior photocopy of the original,is not terrible, but it is terribly mediocre.The sultry spark of the first filmhas vanished, replaced by lazy actingand an even lazier script. Thestory, little more than a series of frequentlyillogical plot devices, opensin 1850 as California votes on joiningthe Union. Zorro is enduringsomewhat less than marital bliss,with his devotion to work resultingin estrangement from his beautifulwife. This potentially emotional storylineis instead played for laughs,as Zorro strives to win Elena backfrom a villain so bland I’ve alreadyforgotten his name. Naturally, healso has to save America.The Legend of Zorro is sporadicallyfunny, but the broad slapstickmerely contributes to its uneventone, as it tries (and fails) to find abalance between grit and sanitisedfamily fare. The introduction of aZorro Junior to the forefront of theaction was always going to be intenselyirritating. One also wonderswhy the skilful swordsman Zorronever actually kills anyone with hissword.Nevertheless, the blockbusterdoes have its moments, and it occasionallyfeels like a better story islurking just out of reach. A mealtimescene proves surprisingly macabreand the rousing fighting ofthe climax is undeniably exciting.On a different front, real emotionis felt when Zorro’s identity is revealed,yet the chief effect of this isto highlight the sterility of the restof the affair.It is a depressing thought that sausagefactory of Hollywood cannotmuster the courage to experimentwith fresh material. Recycling is agood thing when it comes to litter,but not when cinema is concerned.The word ‘sequel’ may arouse producersin Bel-Air, but for me it hasall the excitement of toast.There are exceptions, of course,that prove this rule. This film,as you may have guessed, is notone of them. No amount of scenery,swords, special effects or even(gasp) Antonio Banderas can hidethe unerring feeling that The Legendof Zorro has nothing new tosay. Far from being a legend, thisfilm proved difficult to rememberlong enough to write a review.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005