Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has perhaps surprisingly publicly revealed that he thinks Antonio Conte’s training methods are “sometimes boring”.
The former Juventus and Italy boss has a reputation for his tough training regime and demands for his players to give their best, and ultimately it has led to plenty of success for the teams that he has been in charge of.
Further, his tactical knowledge and desire for his players to be flexible and know their roles has led to many opposing managers coming unstuck against him.
While Courtois has welcomed his methods on the whole, he has conceded that at times it becomes tiresome and has explained what part specifically.
“Different managers have different ways of working,” the Belgium international told Chelsea TV, as reported by the Metro.
“In terms of food, drinks and everything, he put a new regime in place.
“In training, he wanted to put his mark on the group immediately, with videos to see how we would have to train and tactically what to do.
“We have worked on that a lot and, maybe, that is sometimes boring – but it’s important to know how to do these things.
“Everyone gets on board as he is the new manager. You listen to him because he is the boss and he paves the way for us.”
Chelsea have made a solid start to the Conte era as they sit in fifth place in the Premier League table after eight games, winning five of those and drawing one as they remain just four points adrift of joint leaders Arsenal and Liverpool.
Having overcome their dip in form last month, he’ll be hoping that his methods, whether boring at times or not, will continue to help them reach their objectives this season starting with their showdown with Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.