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These are not good times for Antonio Conte as Chelsea star players are turning on him due to his intense training schedule and believe he is at fault for harming their title defence and for players picking up injuries this season, reports claim.
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The Blues boss enjoyed a fine debut season in English football, guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title but his second campaign has been disappointing thus far.
The Blues have lost their past two Premier League matches and are already nine points adrift of leaders Manchester City, having suffered defeats to Pep Guardiola’s side and bottom side Crystal Palace.
late Eden Hazard header against Roma in last week’s Champions League saw Chelsea narrowly avoid three straight defeats but injuries to David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko only added to the sense of crisis. With key-players N’Golo Kante and Victor Moses already out for several weeks and Alvaro Morata only just returning, the injury problems just keep mounting for the Italian.
And Chelsea stars are begging him to tweak his training schedule in order to allow them more rest to avoid injury, according to the Times.
His schedule was less of a problem last season due to the lack of demands from European football but with a small squad and a battle on four fronts in the 2017/18 campaign, Chelsea are being stretched thin. And if he doesn’t alter his ways, there could be serious unrest at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea face a stiff test as they face in-form Watford on Saturday, October 21, at Stamford Bridge.