Antonio Conte has reportedly lost the Chelsea dressing room


Antonio Conte has reportedly lost the Chelsea dressing room

These are not good times for Antonio Conte as Chelsea star players are turning on him due to his intense training schedule and believe he is at fault for harming their title defence and for players picking up injuries this season, reports claim.

Chelsea won the Premier League and were the runners-up in the FA Cup last season, but have struggled for consistency in the present campaign.

Conte was unhappy that the board didn't sign a number of his targets, including Romelu Lukaku, Fernando Llorente and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Antonio Conte's men, though, showed their resilience with a battling 3-3 draw against Roma in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Conte's mood around the training ground has been noted by the club's heirachy and there's a sense that tensions are beginning to boil over over the club's mixed start to the season.

The fitness coach, who has time and again blasted Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp's training techniques, feels the German and Conte's outdated training methods were masked last season as both clubs were not involved in Europe.

Accustomed to the carousel coach sackings of a regime which argues that frequent managerial change has contributed to the club's success, Chelsea staff describe Conte as a "dead man walking".

Manchester City are the current favourites for the title and given how well they've played, it shouldn't come as that much of a shock to anyone. This has to lead to a drastic situation, with the Blues gaining just seven points from their last five games, with two wins and two losses.

Chelsea head into the Saturday's clash against Watford without N'Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Danny Drinkwater while David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko picked up injuries against AS Roma that could keep them out of tomorrow's clash. It's important we know what is our goal and take it game-by-game, session-by-session.

Watford is now in a three-game undefeated run and is sitting in the high 4th place with seven points behind the leaders Man City.

Yahoo's Duncan Castles reports that the 48-year-old manager has already chose to leave the Bridge at the end of the season - assuming he isn't sacked first.