Fabio Quagliarella describes Antonio Conte’s “back-breaking” training methods

Conte and Quagliarella
Conte and Quagliarella

“Back-breaking”

Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella has described Antonio Conte’s training methods as “back-breaking”.

Quagliarella played under Conte at Juventus from 2011 to 2014, where the pair won three consecutive Serie A titles together.

“With Conte, it was back-breaking both in training and in games,” Quagliarella told Mediaset television. “The intensity was so high, and you could see that also in our games. He is phenomenal in the way he prepares you tactically.

“There were a lot of rules to adhere to — if he gave us a day off, we weren’t allowed out of Turin. He got angry very often — very, very often.”

Changing the system

The 47-year-old manager took over at Chelsea in the summer, following a two-year spell as manager of the Italian national team.

Chelsea have won all four matches since Conte switched a 3-4-3 system, scoring 11 and conceding no goals in that time.

The Blues lie fourth in the Premier League table, a point behind leader Man City.