Sarri ditches the strict rules of Conte’s training regime at Chelsea

Maurizio Sarri has ditched the strict rules of Antonio Conte’s training regime in order to create a more relaxed environment at Chelsea.

Sarri’s compatriot Conte had previously enforced the players to stick to a rigid diet and insisted on the squad staying at the Chelsea Harbour hotel together the night before each match at Stamford Bridge.

However, according to The Telegraph, Chelsea’s new, old-school boss has done away with the minutiae which was unpopular among the players.

Sarri has now started to implement his own style of management at the west London club, even ensuring the players have a wider selection of food available to them at the training ground.

The Blues boss has aimed to slacken the rigid guidelines put in place by his predecessor in a bid to get his side in the right frame of mind following a miserable defence of their Premier League title last term.

Sarri has had little time to make his mark on the team, having been appointed less than a month before their season opener, but is working around the clock to put his own philosophy into action.

He had little time to make his mark on the transfer window, too, but still managed to pull off the transfers of Jorginho, from under the nose of Pep Guardiola and Manchester City, Kepa Arrizabalaga, for a world-record £72mill for a goalkeeper, and a loan move for Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic.

It means, however, he has a slightly bloated squad from which to choose and is now working diligently to streamline it.

Tiemoue Bakayoko sealed a season-long loan move to AC Milan on Tuesday, with an option to buy at the end of the season, and, in doing so, became the 29th Chelsea player to be farmed out on loan this summer – Ola Aina became the 30th later that evening.

Indeed, further outgoings are very much in the pipeline with promising youngsters Charly Musonda and Tammy Abraham mooted to be drawing interest from across Europe.

So, it’s all change at Stamford Bridge. And following a convincing 3-0 win over Huddersfield on the opening weekend, Chelsea fans will hope it’s for the better.

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