Cesc Fabregas sends Antonio Conte warning to Tottenham

Antonio Conte spent two seasons as Chelsea manager, and they were very eventful campaigns as he won the league in his first season at the club.

Conte brought back a winning mentality to the club at the time, and Blues fans fell in love with the passion of the Italian.

Now 52, Conte is in charge of Tottenham, and it would be interesting to see how it pans out for him at the north London club — in a job that has seen the dismissal of Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho and Santo Espirito.

Former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, has revealed what to expect from a typical Conte side. The Spaniard didn’t have it good with Conte, but he has revealed just how much Conte will task you and the mentality he’d bring to the team.

“I think with Antonio, it was the first time that I’ve seen someone know exactly [what they want] … It was like going to school. I promise you, he will tell you, from the goalkeeper until you have scored a goal, what you have to do, exactly everything,” he told CBS Sport.

“Maybe it’s in a different way to how I saw football. At the beginning, it was difficult for me, don’t get me wrong. A lot of running, a lot of intensity. Big sessions, double sessions, gym sessions.

“I had coaches like Pep [Guardiola] who had a lot of positioning game but we had freedom inside of this. With Conte, the freedom was non-existent, he was telling me where I have to pass the ball.

“I’m 29 years old in that moment, I’ve already played for 13 years, I played in every final, I won a lot of things and this guy is telling me where I need to pass the ball.

“I’ve been here a long time, I know everyone and people know me which probably makes people feel a little bit more comfortable in that sense, but the boss and the coaching staff that he’s brought along are top, top people, really professional and hard-working and I’m sure even if I wasn’t here, it would be no different.

“That winning mentality is contagious – you get sucked into it, you live and breathe in the same way.

“The boss is an ex-player who’s won everything, he’s had a successful career as a player, won many trophies and also in recent years he’s won trophies as a manager as well, so that winning mentality that he has and that way that he wants to compete every day, of course I can get on board with that and hopefully that will help everyone to make it a successful time for the football club.”

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