Oscar says he was impressed by Antonio Conte’s “very tactical” first training session as Chelsea manager and believes the team will “improve a lot” under the guidance of the Italian this season.
Conte worked with the Chelsea squad on the training pitch at Cobham for the first time on Wednesday morning, splitting the players into two groups for a short passing exercise before spending a long period working on patterns of play and keeping the ball.
The 46-year-old was “very vocal” during the session according to Chelsea’s official website, regularly stopping play to offer advice and encouragement to his players, and Oscar believes the new manager’s approach will make the team much better as they look to rebound from the worst season of the Roman Abramovich era.
“I really liked it and I think the team are really going to improve a lot this season,” Oscar said of Conte’s first session. “He’s very clear about what he wants from us. He spoke to everyone and it was very tactical with some good movements from the players.
“I missed playing and I’m glad to be back. We are all training really hard and looking forward to the preseason matches. Training has been very hard because it was a long break for me. But that’s what preseason is all about, getting fit for the matches.”
Conte will be presented to the media at a press conference at Stamford Bridge on Thursday afternoon, before Chelsea fly out to Austria for a week-long training camp that will include friendly matches against Rapid Vienna on July 16 and RZ Pellets on July 20.
Chelsea will then fly to the United States to participate in the International Champions Cup, where they are due to play Liverpool in Pasadena on July 27, Real Madrid in Ann Arbor on July 30 and AC Milan in Minneapolis on Aug. 3.
Last month, a source confirmed to ESPN that Chelsea will wrap up their preseason schedule with a trip to Russia to face CSKA Moscow on the weekend of Aug. 6, though the precise date is yet to be officially announced.