Taking the biscuit: Antonio Conte tells John Terry to cut down on snacks as strict Italian – who has banned sauces and told his Spurs stars they are OVERWEIGHT – checks in on Chelsea legend
- Antonio Conte has told John Terry to cut down on the biscuits on Instagram
- Conte, 52, coached Terry, 40, when the pair were at Chelsea together in 2016-17
- The Italian advised the Blues legend to have ‘just one’ biscuit earlier this week
- Conte is strict on nutrition and has made sweeping changes at Tottenham
Antonio Conte may have stopped coaching John Terry four years ago, but that hasn’t prevented the Italian from telling his former defender to cut back on the biscuits.
Conte, 52, spent just one season coaching Terry, 40, while the pair were at Chelsea together, with the former England captain lifting the Premier League title before leaving Stamford Bridge.
Terry has since embarked on his own coaching career, spending three years as Dean Smith’s assistant at Aston Villa and is now biding his time over his next move, while Conte has recently taken the helm at Tottenham.
Antonio Conte (right) has told John Terry (left) to cut down on the biscuits on Instagram
Conte and Terry spent just one season together at Chelsea and won the Premier League
Yet that has not stopped the Italian from checking in on his former star and providing dietary advice. Earlier this week, Terry posted a photo to Instagram of a biscuit, a coffee and a couple of books.
‘5k Run. Some reading time and a couple of biscuits,’ the caption read. ‘Taking the dogs for a walk. Sunday lunch with the family down the pub. Have a great Sunday.’
Conte was quick to respond, saying: ‘John only 1 biscuit,’ alongside a winking and laughing emoji.
Terry saw the funny side of Conte’s comment, posting: ‘Still getting told off by the boss @antonioconte. I was the fittest and in the best shape of my career playing under Antonio’.
Terry posted a photo of a book, coffee and two biscuits, and Conte was quick to joke with his former star. Terry saw the funny side and said he was at peak fitness under the Italian
Terry will be fully aware of Conte’s attention to detail when it comes to the diets of his players, with the Italian making his mark at Tottenham since taking over from Nuno Espirito Santo.
Nutrition has been one area that Conte has poured huge focus into during the first week of his tenure in north London. He has even ensured his squad eat lunch together at midday.
He has withdrawn ‘heavy food and sandwiches’ from the menu at the training ground canteen and also got rid of ketchup and mayonnaise.
There has also been cut backs to the amount of fruit juice given to players and the amount of oil and butter used in cooking. He’s also urged his stars to eat more fruit.
Conte has poured huge focus into nutrition and has banned ketchup and mayonnaise at Spurs
Conte deployed similar methods when he was Chelsea manager, once again banning ketchup from the dining area as well as pizza, fizzy drinks and brown sauce.
Chelsea stars were allowed to add salt and pepper to their dishes but traditional vinegar was replaced by balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Conte did not hold back about his new players’ physical condition in the aftermath of their win over Vitesse Arnhem two weeks ago. He told them some of them were overweight and insisted their mentality had to change.