Chelsea defender, Gary Cahill has revealed that Antonio Conte’s preseason is the toughest one he has ever had but believes that it will help Chelsea to get the desired results.
The Blues kicked their campaign with a victory by beating London neighbors West Ham by 2:1 at Stamford Bridge on Monday.
Chelsea had the worse campaign under Jose Mourinho after winning double with Chelsea. The appointment of Antonio Conte as the head coach of the club was widely tipped to bring success to the club.
Cahill speaking to the official club website, he said, “He’s added spirit, he’s added organisation and a lot of discipline,’ said the Chelsea defender.
“Players know exactly what their role should be at each individual time they’re on the pitch. He’s added fitness, against West Ham I felt really sharp and really fit, it’s one of the toughest pre-seasons I’ve done. It’s not enjoyable when you’re doing it but you reap the rewards and I felt really strong in the game.
“He wants to win. You can see how animated he is on the side of the pitch and he’s like that when we’re working. He wants to win, just like the rest of us.”
In terms of the game itself, Cahill was pleased with the manner in which we responded after James Collins equalised for the visitors 13 minutes from time.
“It was a blow because it was late in the game,’ he added. ‘It was disappointing because up until that point we had been snuffing out any danger and we were solid.
“Unfortunately we conceded but we showed great character to come back and win the game, we got what we deserved. We can take a lot of confidence from the game.”
Chelsea now play Watford on Saturday, August 20.