Diego Costa has stated that Chelsea cannot be worse than they were last season, as they try for the EPL in 2016/17 season.
The Blues endured an abysmal campaign last season. As they finished 10th, with no trophy and out of Europe.
And Costa, despite having been linked with a return to Atletico Madrid, insists Conte’s impact is already being felt within the squad as they attempt to put the previous campaign firmly behind them.
“I think we can’t make it worse than last year,” he said, speaking ahead of the International Champions Cup clash with Liverpool in California.
“Last season was not good and a team like Chelsea cannot be so low down. We know we have enough to be fighting at the top.
“It is very important to have games and training to get to know each other and to reach what the coach wants, so we have to take advantage of this situation.
“We are working very hard. You can see that he wants to do the right things and we have plenty of excitement. I think he [Conte] is going to be good for the team and the players are noticing some changes, and now we have to put into practice what he is asking us.
“We are training hard, and I hope the coach will give us a day off!”