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Antonio Conte: Cesc Fabregas explains Spurs boss’ “school-like” methods

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The former Arsenal star has opened up on what it like is to play under Antonio Conte.

Antonio Conte replaced Nuno Espirito Santo as the new Tottenham boss earlier this month. The move marks Conte’s return to the Premier League, having already won the league title at Chelsea.

Cesc Fabregas played under Conte during his spell at Stamford Bridge. In a new interview, the former Arsenal star has spoken about the Italian coach’s controlling methods.

“I think with Antonio, it was the first time that I’ve seen someone know exactly [what they want] … It was like going to school. I promise you, he will tell you, from the goalkeeper until you have scored a goal, what you have to do, exactly everything,” Fabregas told CBS sport.

“Maybe it’s in a different way to how I saw football. At the beginning, it was difficult for me, don’t get me wrong. A lot of running, a lot of intensity. Big sessions, double sessions, gym sessions.

“I had coaches like Pep [Guardiola] who had a lot of positioning game but we had freedom inside of this. With Conte, the freedom was non-existent, he was telling me where I have to pass the ball.”

He added: “I’m 29 years old in that moment, I’ve already played for 13 years, I played in every final, I won a lot of things and this guy is telling me where I need to pass the ball.”

Fabregas is currently playing for Monaco as they sit eleventh in Ligue 1. The 34-year-old is currently out with a hamstring injury.