Antonio Conte has denied silly claims that wearing a tracksuit for Chelsea’s opening game of the season was a message to his bosses.
The Blues were beaten 3-2 by Burnley on the opening day, with Conte donning a tracksuit instead of the typical suit and tie.
A headline on the Daily Telegraph after the game read: ‘Even bereft Antonio Conte’s attire seemed a pointed reference to the paucity of his Chelsea resources.’
Even more weirdly, and hopefully with tongue inserted firmly into cheek, Steve McManaman said: “I blame Antonio Conte’s tracksuit, if he wears his normal clothes he wins that game today, simple as that.”
Conte insisted it was not a statement of discontent as some suggested.
“I didn’t find the new house and I didn’t bring with me the suit. But now from Sunday, I wear again my suit,” he said.
Conte recognises the challenges of moving home, as he helped his former club Juventus transfer from the Stadio delle Alpi to their current home. Tottenham face the same situation, playing their first Premier League home game at Wembley on Sunday.
“For sure it’s not the same when you play not in your stadium. It’s different,” Conte added.
“But if you want to have another good step to improve the club, you must have this type of situation.”