Antonio Conte expects more from his players than any manager Asmir Begovic has worked with before.
Begovic was signed by previous Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in July 2015, but feels the Italian brings more intensity to the training ground, which in turn has helped the Blues improve this season.
Begovic told the Mirror: ‘One thing is his intensity. He pays attention to detail every day and the expectations he has on a daily basis are very high.
‘If we reach that high level every day in training then it translates into games. So I think that those expectations are something very new. The way we work on a daily basis is good for us.
‘It is not necessarily longer on the training ground. We manage the hours very well and do whatever work is necessary – sometimes longer if needed, sometimes shorter.’
One of the major improvements made by Conte has been Chelsea’s defence – they have conceded just nine goals in ten Premier League games, compared to 16 at this point last year.
He said: ‘The defensive work is important. He takes a lot of pride in that. But the whole team and the roles of everyone on the pitch are identified equally and every department is important.
‘It starts from the defence, but he puts detail and work into every part of the team.’