Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has finally admitted that he had a heated training ground bust up with Diego Costa in January.
According to him, he shouted at his top striker during their row but he now claims “everything is perfect”.
Conte disclosed this in an interview with Sky Italia on Sunday, February 5.
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He said that he had to raise his voice to argue with Costa during the exchange at the club's Cobham training base, but also claims that his relationship with the 28-year-old is now better than it ever was.
He said: “I was very clear with him and raised my voice: and the player understood. Now everything is perfect."
He continued: “I have blind faith in what I do. We had won the first three games, but I didn’t like the performances. It was a delicate time, but not dramatic.
“Looking at last season, when Chelsea had practically the same players, you cannot immediately transform from ugly ducking into a swan. At the end of the day we found our balance. The blind faith in my ideas helped. I made some strong choices.”
Conte added that, while he was unconcerned over his rivals catching his side, talk of already securing this season's title was much too soon.
He said: “There is no one particular team that worries me more. The experience of being a player really helps. I won the Champions League, but I also lost other finals and that made me more determined to win.
“You can’t talk about the title yet, as anything could still happen. Just look at us, Chelsea were struggling at the start and turned the whole season around. We’ve got to stay calm. Today Manchester City beat Swansea with two minutes to go and I would’ve preferred that game end in a draw.”
Recall that Costa was dropped from the squad which won 3-0 at Leicester City on Saturday, January 14, as punishment for his training-ground row with manager Antonio Conte.
However, Conte claimed that Costa’s absence from Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Leicester City was solely because of a back injury.