EPL: Conte warns Chelsea players against criticizing his tactics


Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has warned his players that they may regret criticizing his tactics publicly.

Conte, speaking on Friday ahead of their Premier League clash against Crystal Palace, recalls how he was ‘killed’ for slamming his Juventus coach during his playing days.

Following the Blues’ 1-0 defeat at Manchester City, Eden Hazard claimed he could have played for three hours and not touched the ball .

Conte refused to confirm whether he had spoken to Hazard, but did say he once regretted comments he made under his Juve boss, Marcello Lippi.

“I did this when I was a player. We played a game, a massive game against Parma when they were first and we were second. We won 3-1. After the game, there was an international break. During the break I did an interview.

“The journalists asked me if I was happy with the team and this important win. My stupid answer was, ‘We are winning, but I’m not happy because I’m not enjoying the role the coach decided to give me’.

“When I came back to Turin, it was a meeting with Lippi and all the players, and he killed me.

“He killed me in a bad way, not in a soft or kind way. In front of the players.

“He told me it was a lack of respect for my team-mates, first of all, and then for him, the club and the fans. He killed me.

“After training, the club called me. They killed me another time, gave me a big, big fine. And then, in the next game, I didn’t play. I was on the bench against Piacenza.”


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