David Luiz was given a dressing down by Antonio Conte during Chelsea’s team meeting, according to reports.
The Daily Telegraph claims that the Italian launched an ‘angry inquest’ after his side’s 3-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
The report claims that Luiz was targeted because of his reaction to Conte when he was substituted after just 57 minutes in the 3-3 draw with Roma at Stamford Bridge last month.
Reports in Italy suggested that the Brazilian even swore in Conte’s direction as he left the pitch.
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During the meeting, Conte warned his players that he is prepared to drop them from the team if they refuse to follow his instructions.
It’s understood that Chelsea’s senior players accepted Conte’s harsh words and understand why the Italian is angry with their performances.
Following their defeat to Roma, the Premier League champions are now preparing to face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
“No, no, not at all” – Cesc Fabregas defends Antonio Conte’s training methods while revealing
Chelsea have struggled this season to replicate the kind of form that saw them lift the Premier League title last season, and following the talk of players not favoring Antonio Conte’s training methods, Cesc Fabregas refutes those assertions.
The Blues have looked a pale shadow of themselves, in some games this season, both in the Premier League, where they have lost three times, and the Champions League after losing to AS Roma last Wednesday.
Several reports have had it that Chelsea’s players are not happy with Conte’s training methods which is even causing recent injuries to key players in the squad.
N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Alvaro Morata have had their turns in the physio room this season but Fabregas says his teammates have no problem with the Italian tactician’s ways on the training grounds but are rather struggling with the schedule of playing every three days.
“No, no, not at all. The only thing we can say is last year there was no Champions League, and it is a real truth. We know, you know and I know that it is tough when you are involved in the Champions League.
“When you have the whole week to train, his [Conte’s] methods and the fitness coach, it is a very Italian mentality — we have to run and be fit and recover well.
“But this year because of the Champions League we are not having that much time because every three days… you cannot play on the Wednesday, play Saturday and then it is Thursday — and what? You are going to run? It is impossible.
“To do recovery, you need to be well back for the weekend, so that is not true at all.”