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Chelsea defender Davide Zappacosta joined the Blues in a £25 million deal from Torino during the summer, and the Italian has had to fight for his shirt alongside Victor Moses in the right wing-back position.

He has scored a goal and created one in his 16 appearances for the Blues, and he seems to have adapted to the demanding nature of the Premier League in just his first season at Stamford Bridge.

Revealing his routine prior to training, Zappacosta told the official Chelsea website: “The manager usually gets everyone there an hour beforehand.

“But I try to arrive an extra 30 minutes earlier to have breakfast and spend some time in the gym so that I can work on my physique to be better equipped to play in this league, which is certainly more physically demanding and difficult than the league in Italy.

“So, I get in earlier to do some work in the gym before going out on the pitch with the rest of the team.”

When asked if he does any extra work, he told the official Chelsea website: “Well it depends: if I have played a match then I will go to the swimming pool and do some recovery work in the cold pool, but if I have not played and have not had time to go to the gym before training, then I will stay behind after training and do some work in the gym.”

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