The Chelsea boss was none too happy with his side’s 3-0 defeat to Roma in the Champions League.
Antonio Conte is intense at the best of times, so it’s a safe bet that he was infuriated with the result on Tuesday. Unfortunately, no footage of the inevitable dressing-down he dished out to his squad is available.
A report on what went down earlier today has emerged however, via The Telegraph’s Matt Law.
The fiery Italian was said to have sat down his team for the patented ‘hairdryer treatment’, with particular focus on the shocking defending on display at the Stadio Olimpico.
Brazilian winger Kenedy, who was an unused substitute in Rome, was reportedly caught yawning during the tense showdown between manager and squad, and was reprimanded accordingly. The 21-year-old hasn’t been reported missing, so it could have gone a lot worse for the former Fluminense player.
Elsewhere, the players are said to have recognised that the talking-down was deserved, with the manager said to not be fearing the sack despite recent reports to the contrary, and made a point of conveying that to the players.
Conte “made it clear to his players that he is not fearful of the sack by promising to drop anybody who does not show an immediate improvement,” per Law.
Next up for the Premier League champions is a visit from Manchester United this Sunday. As for their Champions League situation, Chelsea’s hopes of finishing top of group C have been taken out of their hands, with Roma now leading on eight points, one ahead of Chelsea who lead Atletico Madrid on three and Qarabag on two.
They face Qarabag in Azerbaijan on November 22, before hosting Atletico on December 5.