Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed how the players’ attitude to training stunned manager Carlo Ancelotti.
Ancelotti has done the Double without even signing a player as he took on the usual dramas that seem to constantly overshadow everyday life at Chelsea.
A short-lived transfer embargo, belt-tightening from above, injuries to key players and relatively patchy form in a title race which went to the last game of the season.
But Terry, 29, revealed: “Carlo was a bit blown away by the attitude of the Chelsea players when he first came over. Even down to the physical testing and the nature of Premier League players. In Italy, if a player is a bit run down or maybe one per cent under, the managers often go a little easier on them to preserve their energy levels. Carlo was surprised when he saw how much we want to train every day. Maybe that’s something he has learnt from us. But he told us he has played with the best players and managed the best players and we could achieve big things with him. He had confidence in us from the start. What struck me too was his attention to detail. After we clinched the Premier League against Wigan he came into the dressing room and as well as congratulating us all, he congratulated Petr Cech on his number of clean sheets and Didier Drogba on his 29 Premier League goals.”