Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has banned his players from smiling during training sessions as the Italian tactician aims to turn around the club’s fortunes, according to the Sun.
The reigning Premier League champions have struggled to emulate last season’s form and are 19 points behind league leaders Manchester City.
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Conte has been under intense pressure at Stamford Bridge, despite having inspired Chelsea to their first fifth title triumph in 12 seasons, and the coach has been forced to take some drastic measures in order to revitalise his struggling Blues.
“I think that usually when you work you don’t smile.
“Only through work can you reach a fantastic target like last season. Last season, our work allowed us to reach an incredible target.
“Now it’s very difficult to describe my training sessions.
“But if I have time to work with the players for the whole week, you try to start the week with a physical session.