CHELSEA players were texting former No 2 Steve Holland as a result of their poor relationship with Antonio Conte.
The Blues squad are lacking the affect of Holland, who left in the summertime to be England boss Gareth Southgate’s full-time assistant.
But players have blamed fatigue and a spate of muscle accidents to, amongst others N’Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Alvaro Morata, on Conte’s intense coaching regime.
The added calls for of Champions League soccer this season has intended a large relief in day off as smartly.
Holland was once a confidante of the players having been with the first-team squad since 2011.
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He was once any individual the players felt understood their gripes.
Conte appointed Davide Mazzotta in Holland’s position however neither he or every other member of the workforce have tried to foster a relationship with the players like the only with Holland.
Despite a Prem identify in his first season, Conte is below drive with Chelsea trailing leaders Manchester City via 9 issues after 8 video games.
Conte, in the meantime, insists he’s unfazed via hypothesis over his long run.
He mentioned after beating Watford: “Honestly, I am not worried, I am very honest. I don’t feel this type of pressure.”
And keeper Thibaut Courtois advised the Standard: “We are in a position to combat for the trainer.
“I keep in mind what came about two years in the past below Jose Mourinho and issues began to be mentioned, there have been tales concerning the dressing room with out figuring out what was once taking place.