Antonio Conte has shrugged off claims that Chelsea’s players are unhappy with his training methods.
The Times newspaper reported on Friday that the players believe the intensity of boss Conte’s training sessions are contributing to the Blues’ injury problems.
It comes amid continued speculation over the Italian’s future at Stamford Bridge – and as Chelsea struggle without the likes of N’Golo Kante.
Conte was asked about the Times’ story at a press conference on Friday.
The Italian responded by suggesting the intensity of training has actually been significantly reduced because of Chelsea’s packed fixture schedule – and that this might be a factor in their recent poor results.
Conte, whose side have lost their last two league matches, said: “I have my methods. It’s the same like last season when we won the league.
“Honestly I think we are working maybe 70% less than last season and maybe for this reason we have trouble.
“In the tactical aspect and physical aspect, when you play every three days it is impossible to work on these aspects and you have to pay less attention in every detail.”
Conte is under pressure following back-to-back league defeats against Manchester City and Crystal Palace.
“I think every coach and every manager has to feel the pressure,” he said.
“But I put all of myself into my job and for this reason I am happy. When I go to my house I know in every moment I put myself into this job for this club, for the fans and the players.