Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has insisted that he expects aggression and intensity from his squad in the upcoming Premier League campaign.
The Italian tactician has been highly successful in his last two jobs with Juventus and Italy respectively, and he’ll be aiming to continue that trend at Stamford Bridge.
A move to a new league will certainly be a test for the 46-year-old, but it’s one that he’ll likely relish as he looks to rebuild the club and get them competing back at the top of English football and in Europe.
Conte has already brought in Michy Batshuayi and N’Golo Kante this summer, and while more new signings are expected, he’s now reiterated what he wants to see from his players.
“I like it if my team plays with great aggression and high intensity. I like to see that,” Conte told reporters, as noted by ESPN FC.
“We train to prepare for that because I want my team to have an identity. I want it so that if you see us, you recognise ‘Oh, Chelsea are playing’.
“That is important for me, important for the club and the owner. Everywhere I have been I have worked at that. I always gave an identity to my teams.
“I am searching to transfer this to my players now, and I am pleased because I see a great attitude.”
Chelsea finished 10th in the Premier League last season in what was a tumultuous year both on and off the pitch for the club.
In turn, Conte will want to change the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge and make them a daunting prospect for their rivals again, and given his track record and way of working, it would come as no surprise if he’s successful in that bid.
The Blues get their campaign underway against West Ham United at home on August 16, and that could be particularly crucial in terms of Conte and his men setting the tone for how they will approach the new season as a quick start will be a huge boost for him.