Antonio Conte’s reign at Chelsea has kick-started as the Italian on Wednesday supervised his maiden training session at the Cobham training facility of the Blues.
John Obi Mikel and his Chelsea teammates were well drilled for the first time by the former Italy boss who will be officially unveiled on Thursday by the Blues.
As stated on the Chelsea website, Conte who oversaw Italy’s campaign at the just concluded Euro 2016 Championship in France was already on the pitch to greet the players as they headed outside and, following a light jog to warm up, they were split into two groups for a short passing exercise.
It was gathered that Mikel and the rest of his Chelsea teammates spent a long period working on patterns of play and keeping the ball.
As customary with the Italian gaffer, Conte was heavily involved and very vocal throughout the session, regularly stopping each drill to offer advice and encouragement, both to individual players and the group as a whole.
Chelsea confirmed that Conte will be unveiled to the world’s media on Thursday at 2pm. His first press conference as Blues head coach will follow afterwards.
Conte 46, signed a three-year deal with Chelsea in which he is expected to help improve the fortunes of the Blues who had a bad campaign last season.
The former Juventus boss had admitted that he is keen to get off the mark with his new challenge even as he expects greater success than he achieved doing the Italy job
“Chelsea and English football are watched wherever you go, the fans are passionate and my ambition is to have more success to follow the victories I enjoyed in Italy,” the Italian stated in an earlier interview.