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Willian speaks out on problems with Antonio Conte at Chelsea


Willian was not a fan of Antonio Conte’s management style at Chelsea (Getty)

Willian admits Antonio Conte’s man-management style caused friction between them at Chelsea.

Conte won the Premier League title in his first season at Stamford Bridge and follow up that with success in the FA Cup in his second campaign.

But several senior Chelsea players had clashed with Conte towards the end of his tenure, while the Italian also fell out with the club’s hierarchy.

Willian infamously deleted Conte from a team celebration photo after Chelsea’s FA Cup win in 2018.

And the Brazil international believes the Inter boss ‘lacked understanding’ with his players at Chelsea.

‘Look, I think he’s a great coach. A great coach, he has some ideas, he works a lot tactically, the defensive part as well,’ Willian told UOL.

‘I think that, in the field, the way of working I have nothing to say. He’s a really hard-working guy. He’s a great coach.

Willian says Antonio Conte ‘lacked understanding’ with his Chelsea players (AMA/Getty)

‘The problem he had was management, how to manage the group. That’s what he lacked, which is why he ended up having a lot of problems with several players, including me too.

‘So that was really it. I think he was unable to manage and understand that there were many different players, from different countries, players considered stars. Important players for the club too. So I think he lacked that understanding.

‘But even so we were champions, the team really fit this way of playing. I think we took almost all opponents by surprise in this 3-4-3 formation, the wingbacks, so it took everyone by surprise.’

Willian also highlighted the difference between Conte and his successor Maurizio Sarri, who lasted just one season at Stamford Bridge.

‘With Sarri, I think Sarri is a coach who also works a lot tactically, works a lot with the set piece, he offensive part too. It’s a different style of play than Conte’s,’ said the Brazilian.

‘We, with Sarri, we controlled the game much more. With Conte we had more counterattack.

‘So there were two great coaches who really enjoy working, without a doubt they work hard enough to be able to do the best for their team.’

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