Cesc Fabregas issues warning to Tottenham players over Conte


Former Arsenal and Chelsea star, Cesc Fabregas has issued a stern warning to Tottenham players over the management style of Antonio Conte.

Fabregas played under Conte for two years at Chelsea and helped the club win one Premier League title and an FA Cup.

Conte left Chelsea in 2018 and took over Inter Milan, winning the Serie A title for the Italian side in 11 years, in just his second season at the club.

He returned to England earlier this month as Tottenham’s new boss after signing an initial 18-month deal.

And Fabregas, who starred for two London sides, Arsenal and Chelsea, has now lifted the lid on exactly what Spurs’ players can expect from their new manager.

“I think with Antonio, it was the first time that I’ve seen someone know exactly [what they want] … It was like going to school,” he told CBS Sport.

“I promise you, he will tell you, from the goalkeeper until you have scored a goal, what you have to do, exactly everything.

“Maybe it’s in a different way to how I saw football. At the beginning, it was difficult for me, don’t get me wrong. A lot of running, a lot of intensity. Big sessions, double sessions, gym sessions.

“I had coaches like Pep [Guardiola] who had a lot of positioning, but we had freedom inside of this. With Conte, the freedom was non-existent, he was telling me where I had to pass the ball.

“I’m 29 years old at that moment, I’ve already played for 13 years, I played in every final, I won a lot of things and this guy is telling me where I need to pass the ball.”

Tottenham’s next fixtures are a Premier League home game against Leeds United on Saturday and a trip to AS Mura in the Europa Conference League.

Fàbregas came through Barcelona youth team, La Masia and was signed by Premier League club Arsenal at the age of 16 in September 2003.

He went on to establish himself in the Arsenal team breaking several of the club’s records in the process, earning a reputation as one of the best players in the central midfield.

Fàbregas returned to Barcelona, dumping Arsenal on 15 August 2011 in a deal worth up to £35 million and later came back to London in 2014 this time at a fee of £30 million to Chelsea.