Antonio Conte’s core philosophy
Chelsea head to Spain this week to take on Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Ahead of the match, Cesc Fabregas gave an interesting interview with Marca.
The main topic of conversation was how Cesc struggled last season at Chelsea. He said, “I’m not going to deny it, it was a difficult season.”
Fabregas also dropped a nugget in the final quote in the article. The Spanish international revealed what it’s like at Chelsea playing for Antiono Conte:
With Antonio there is no option other than to compete and give 100 percent in every training session and each match.
While hard work is clearly one of Conte’s core philosophies, Eden Hazard doesn’t subscribe to it.
Eden Hazard: ‘Why I don’t track back’
In the latest edition of France Football magazine, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has taken part in an article in which he Frankenstein’s together his best player.
That lead Hazard to opening up about his thoughts on working hard for the team, and specifically tracking back.
As translated by Sport Witness, Hazard made the following statements:
You don’t need that (bursts out laughing). You can write that. Don’t tell Conte, but you can write that it’s pointless.
If you defend too much, you tire yourself out. If I’ve spent the whole game defending, forget about me being useful after the 60th minute, and I’m quite fit.
There are people who are meant to defend, while others are there to attack. After that, it’s up to the manager.
If that’s what he wants, you need to do it, otherwise you sit on the bench. I defend too. I don’t like it, but I have to with Antonio (Conte).
Also see: Atletico Madrid’s brand new XI v Chelsea.