Antonio Conte is a born winner.
The former Italy international won a host of major honours during his playing career, including five Serie A titles and the Champions League with Juventus.
He continued that winning habit into management, helping Juve lift three league titles during his three-year spell in Turin before taking the reins with the Italian national team in 2014.
Conte hasn’t come to Chelsea to help the club work their way back into the top four; he’s arrived to win a league title - and more - in another country.
But the 47-year-old will now be acutely aware, following a 2-2 draw against Swansea City and last Friday night’s 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool, that competing for the Premier League title won’t be straightforward.
There’s certainly plenty of talent in Conte’s squad while the fact they’re not competing in Europe this season also stands to work in the Blues’ favour as the season progresses.
Conte's angry reaction after Liverpool defeat
But according to a report in The Times this morning, Conte was fuming after last week’s defeat at Stamford Bridge and gave his players a fierce dressing down inside the changing room.
The report, from Matt Hughes, states that Conte was particularly upset by his side’s performance in the first half.
Goals from Dejan Lovren and Jordan Henderson left Chelsea with a mountain to climb, and one that ultimately proved insurmountable, before half-time.
Conte expecting instant response against Leicester
“In an animated post-match exchange in the dressing room,’ the report continued, “[Conte] demanded an immediate improvement in tomorrow’s EFL cup tie against Leicester City.”
Conte also accused his players of failing to perform as a team against Jurgen Klopp’s men and suggested “they were overcome by fear of the visiting team’s attacking prowess”.
Conte warns his bosses not to expect miracles
Despite the fact he wants to win the league title in his debut season in England, Conte is understood to have told his employers not to expect miracles this year after taking control of a squad that finished 10th in the Premier League last term.
The Italian will be looking for an instant response from his players, starting against the Foxes on Tuesday evening, before Saturday’s crunch Premier League fixture against Arsenal.
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