Ex-Manchester United player-turned-pundit Rio Ferdinand has revealed some Chelsea players told him they find training under Chelsea boss Antonio Conte boring but he believes the reason Chelsea are top of the table is due to Conte’s specific methods.
Ferdinand told the Sunday Times: “The key to sticking with 3-4-3 will be repetition, repetition, repetition.
“Chelsea play it so well because Antonio Conte lives and breathes repetition of phases of play, of game management, of team shape.
“From people at Chelsea I know his sessions are mundane.
“Players think initially: “What’s this?” They want to enjoy training yet he has them playing against shadows, practising their positions depending where the ball is.
“You stop and freeze and he breaks down the game for you.
“These are 30-40 minute sessions that could be boring, but when the players see it working, and the pictures he has painted in training appear in games, they believe.”