Antonio Conte may have only taken over officially as the Chelsea manager only a few days ago, but he is already making his mark on the squad, according to goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
The Italian only took over officially last week and trained with the squad for five days before their 2-0 pre-season friendly loss to Rapid Vienna on Saturday but Begovic, who was in goal for the Blues in the game, says Conte’s methods is already being assimilated by the squad.
“We are buying into what the manager wants us to do. We are working hard to try to improve. We’re working in a different way so it’s going to take a bit of time to process but so far so good, and I think over time we’ll get better,” he was quoted by The Mirror.
“He communicates very well, so he got his message across at half-time and before the game. We expect to work hard, that’s part of pre-season. We’re trying to be very disciplined. The work ethic is very strong.
“We’ve got some hard days ahead, we need to get our base fitness and it is something that will do us good in the long run. We’re enjoying the hard work.”
The Bosnian goalkeeper also spoke about the acquisition of N’Golo Kante from champions Leicester City and he says the France international will add a lot to the squad.
“He was a huge player for Leicester last season and he had a good impact with France as well at the Euros, so it’s a player we are looking forward to adding to the team,” said Begovic.
“You can never have too deep a squad so the more options we have, the better. Kante will add a lot to our team and make us better.”