New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte wants aggression and high intensity to be the cornerstones of the Blues’ identity as the Italian makes his mark on the team.
Chelsea took a 1-0 win over Liverpool in a friendly game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Wednesday (part of the International Champions Cup) in a scruffy game that saw Cesc Fabregas get sent off after a challenge on Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan.
Conte said that he wants his side to play with some grit and push the tempo.
“Yes, I like if my team plays with great aggressivity and high intensity, Conte said. “I like to see that. We train to prepare for that because I want that my team has an identity.
“I want that if you see Chelsea, you recognize ‘oh, Chelsea are playing’. That is important for me, it is important for the club and the owner – everyone.
“This is my football and everywhere I have been I have worked at that. I always gave an identity to my teams. I am searching to transfer this to my players. I am pleased because I see a great attitude.
“I want to continue in this way because this is the only way to come back very soon for the title. Not to speak, but actions. Now is not the moment to talk.”
Chelsea takes on Real Madrid at Michigan Stadium on Saturday before closing out the trip to the United States with a game against AC Milan on Wednesday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.