Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has some serious questions hanging over his head for the first time since his arrival in England.
Conte’s side have looked a shadow of the one which stormed to the Premier League title last season.
They are already nine points adrift of league-leaders Manchester City and have been off the pace so far this campaign, which was highlighted by their 3-0 drubbing at Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Their silver lining – on what was a disastrous night for Conte’s side – came in the form of Azerbaijan Premier League champions Qarabag managing to secure an unlikely draw at Ateltico Madrid.
And the Chelsea boss will be eager to see some serious improvement from his players in the coming weeks and set about installing the foundations in training on Friday.
The Blues boss was seen barking orders as his players were put through their paces during the training session.
He is preparing his side for Sunday’s crunch Premier League clash against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United at Stamford Bridge.
N’Golo Kante, who returned to training last week following a hamstring injury, was spotted taking part in some passing exercises and is in line to feature.
Star players Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Alvaro Morata and Cesar Azpilicueta also took part in the training session at their Cobham facilities.
United head into the fixture off the back of three wins and three clean sheets and Conte is expecting a tough, physical affair.
‘We are talking about a really good team,’ he said.
‘A strong team, physically. It will be very difficult, this type of game. It’s an important team and we must pay great attention. But we are working.
‘We are working to prepare this game in the right way. But I think that United is a really good team and we must keep working hard to try and improve and do our best in this game.’