Antonio Conte explains why Nemanja Matic is training alone at Chelsea

Antonio Conte admits he wants ‘total control of the dressing room’ at Chelsea after forcing Nemanja Matic to train alone and ordering Diego Costa to find a new club.

Matic has played no part in Chelsea’s pre-season tour of the Far East as he wants to leave Stamford Bridge in order to join Manchester United.

Costa, meanwhile, has been told by Conte that he is not part of his plans next season and is expected to re-join Atletico Madrid.

And the Chelsea manager has highlighted the important of keeping his authority over the players.

“If I go and am very strict only with the young players and not the old players, it is not the right way to have respect from the dressing room,” he said.

“The players are at the same level and sometimes I demand more from the older players than the young players — they have more experience to teach the young players the right behaviour.

“The coach must be in total control of the dressing room.

“Otherwise, there is anarchy. Yes, anarchy.

“When I was a footballer, [Marcello] Lippi and [Giovanni] Trapattoni and ­[Carlo] Ancelotti and [Arrigo] Sacchi – my coaches – were totally in control of the dressing room.

“Otherwise, you are preparing to die – ‘Morira’. If this doesn’t happen, you are preparing yourself for death.”

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