John Obi Mikel has revealed that Chelsea players are now fitter under Antonio Conte’s double training sessions more than they were last season under Jose Mourinho.
The Blues, as defending champions last season, suffered a horrible start and ended the season 10th, making it the worst title defence in Premier League history.
And Mikel has suggested that was partially due to a lack of fitness and a short pre-season last term.
“Yes, I think it played a part last season (not being fit enough),” Mikel told Goal.com.
“One thing is for sure, the team is a lot fitter this season. A lot of players are going to be much, much fitter and that is only going to help the team.
“[Double sessions] That’s the way he wants to train, that’s his style, that’s his way that he thinks we can win and that he thinks can get Chelsea back to where they belong. Obviously, quite a lot was made last year that a lot of the players were not fit, so the club decided to go for someone to make sure we are fit.
“The players have responded very well to him, we are going with whatever the manager wants to do in training, everyone is putting in their best and we have to keep going his way. “