The Italian took charge in November, after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked just four months into his reign. It proved to be an inspired decision by Spurs, as Conte led them to fourth in the table and a return to the Champions League.
“There are some physical training, sometimes we do a strong training, it ends, and I finish the training dead," Royal revealed in an interview with ESPN Brasil.
“I arrive at training the next day, and he's [Conte] like, 'Emerson, I didn't like your training yesterday.' It's not possible, then I start to get mad already. 'How did you not like my training yesterday? I gave life, finished training dead'.
“But then I'll check the GPS, I'm fine, better than many, among the best. Then I'll say, 'look at my GPS'. 'No, but you can do a lot more'.
“Then I finish training frustrated. He says, 'you see, that's how you have to train'. We do the physicals, and he just keeps shouting my name. But that's good. It shows that he wants to help me."