Conte clashed with ‘several’ Chelsea stars as Willian explains boss’ problems

Antonio Conte had clashes with “several” Chelsea players during his time at Stamford Bridge, says former Blues man Willian.

The Italian spent two seasons in west London, winning the 2016/17 Premier League title before clinching the FA Cup the following year.

But it was not enough to keep him in a job, ending up fifth in the league and handing over the reins to Maurizio Sarri.

Speculation rose throughout his second season of tensions inside the squad, a factor which led to him being paid £26m in compensation for his departure.

And Willian, who scored 25 goals in 96 games under the Italian, has detailed what Conte got wrong with the Blues squad.

Speaking to UOL , the Brazilian said: “Look, I think he’s a great coach.

“A great coach, he has some ideas…. he works a lot tactically, the defensive part as well.

“I think that, in the field, the way of working I have nothing to say. He’s a really hard-working guy. He’s a great coach.

“The problem he had was management, how to manage the group.

“That’s what he lacked, which is why he ended up having a lot of problems with several players, including me too.

“So that was really it. I think he was unable to manage and understand that there were many different players, from different countries, players considered stars.

“Important players for the club too. So I think he lacked that understanding.

“But even so we were champions, the team really fit this way of playing.

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  • “I think we took almost all opponents by surprise in this 3-4-3 formation, the wing-backs, so it took everyone by surprise.”

    Willian is having struggles of his own this season, failing to score a goal in 26 appearances since moving across the capital to Arsenal.

    But the 32-year-old has now admitted that he did not want to leave Chelsea in the first place.

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