The first of today’s two training sessions was overseen by Antonio Conte as our new head coach began work at Cobham this morning.
The Italian was already on the pitch to greet the players as they headed outside and, following a light jog to warm up, they were split into two groups for a short passing exercise. The players then spent a long period working on patterns of play and keeping the ball.
Conte was heavily involved and very vocal throughout the session, regularly stopping each drill to offer advice and encouragement, both to individual players and the group as a whole.
The morning session ended with a group stretch before the players headed back inside. They will be back out on the Cobham training pitch later this afternoon.
Conte will be unveiled to the world’s media tomorrow at 2pm. His first press conference as Blues head coach can be watched live on this website and Chelsea TV.
On Friday evening we set off for a week-long training camp in Austria. The first of our two friendlies on the trip takes place on Saturday against Rapid Vienna. You can watch the match live on Chelsea TV, whose Blues News bulletin from today can be watched below.