CONTE EMPHASISES THE NEED OF HAVING CONTROL AS KENEDY AND COSTA END UP ON THE ERRING SIDE

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has shown that he isn’t afraid of making the hard decisions in order to have a disciplined team.

He first told Diego Costa that he won’t be part of the Chelsea team for this season after the Spain international annoyed the manager via text.

He has now axed Kenedy from the pre-season team after a series of posts that were deemed racist and derogatory.

“The coach must be in total control of the dressing room,” said the Chelsea boss. “Otherwise, there is anarchy. Yes, anarchy.

“When I was a footballer, Lippi and Trapattoni and ­Ancelotti and 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.”

Player power has made a lot of Chelsea managers lose their jobs in the past and it’s a situation Conte wants to avoid in his regime as Chelsea boss.

“If you lose control, anything can happen,” he added. “You can see during the game that anything can happen and probably you will be sacked in one or two months. If you are lucky, three months.

“Your end is decided. I think it is normal, because this is the responsibility of the coach.

“It is very important to clarify the situation when you start to work. It is very important for the coach to give education and respect. If you give education and respect, you must demand education and respect.”

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