29 July 2017

Fired-up Antonio Conte insists he will calm down on the touchline next season after last season’s antics

ANTONIO CONTE is ready to stop his touchline antics — for the good of his health.

The Chelsea manager’s theatrics in the technical area wound up opposition bosses but were loved by fans when he dived into the Stamford Bridge crowd.

Antonio Conte asked about Renato Sanches after being beaten by Bayern Munich on the weekend
Antonio Conte insists he will calm down on the touchline next season
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The Italian barked orders from pitch side as his side won the league title
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But that could now be a thing of the past as he intends to curb his ways this season.

He revealed he LOST WEIGHT after his energetic orders to his title-winning squad and says he will now be calmer when he watches his team.

In his first campaign in the Premier League Conte went toe-to-toe with Jose Mourinho.

Manchester United’s former Blues boss got the hump after Conte whipped up the crowd during the 4-0 humiliation of the Red Devils in October.

The exuberant Italian was right up there with Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp as the boss who fired himself up into a touchline tizz whenever his side chased glory.

Conte celebrates his 48th birthday on Monday and wants to be cooler when it comes to giving his lads orders.

He said: “During the game I try to stay together with my players in the positive and negative situations.

Antonio Conte expressed his passion on the touchline last season
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Jurgen Klopp was also extremely active during Liverpool’s matches last term
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“I know in the future it will be very difficult to continue this because to stay on the touchline and have this passion, you must have a lot of strength.

“I finish the game and I’m destroyed. I lose between 4-6lb during the game.

“In the future my strength will be less and then maybe I will try to keep myself calm and more seated.”

But Conte admits he will never lose his passion, even if he does tone it down on the sidelines. And he claims the excitement all stems from his limited talent as a player and having to fight to progress in his career.

Jose Mourinho tells Antonio Conte not to ‘humiliate’ him after Chelsea thrash Utd

He said: “If you saw me as a footballer, when I played I always showed a great passion. You saw Antonio Conte during the game showing passion.

“The will to fight, to overcome difficult situations with a run, with heart.

“When the technique doesn’t arrive at the best level, you must arrive with your heart, with your head, with enthusiasm, with passion, with work.

“I transferred this to my coaching but with more talent than I had as a player.”

Antonio Conte played for Juventus from 1991-2004
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As a player with Juventus Conte won five Italian titles and the Champions League in 1996. He also played for his country in the 1994 World Cup.

He added: “I always thought this from when I started my career.

“My talent as a footballer was medium but I had heart, a will to win, to work to overcome my limitations. I knew very well it was going to be difficult for me to become a top player but I always stayed at a good level.

“To be captain and win a lot at Juventus, to play for 20 years, to play in the World Cup, European Cup, I had a good career, no?

“I was a good player. I tried to transfer all my passion in my work.”

The Chelsea boss represented Italy at the World Cup
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Conte’s focus in his second pre-season at Chelsea has been on getting his squad ready to defend their league title.

He will field his best available team for today’s friendly against Inter Milan here in Singapore, as he wants his team prepared for next Sunday’s Community Shield clash with Arsenal.

Conte was wanted by Inter this summer but ended up signing a lucrative new two-year contract with Luciano Spalletti getting the nod in Milan.

Antonio Conte is set to field his strongest XI against Inter Milan
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The Blues targeted Spalletti nine years ago before Big Phil Scolari was appointed.

Former Roma boss Spalletti admitted: “Yes, I spoke with Roman Abramovich a few years ago. I won’t comment why things didn’t go through.

“Coaches and clubs are in contact every once in a while. Sometimes it’s just a friendly chat. It doesn’t mean you end up being hired.”

Conte said: “It is not important now to speak about this. The most important thing is I’m happy to stay and to renew my contract for another two years.

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Luciano Spalletti says he was approached by Chelsea in the past[/caption]

“I see my present at this club and I also hope my future — for two years at least.”

Striker Alvaro Morata, Chelsea’s record £65million signing, will make his first start today, while fellow new boy Antonio Rudiger will play a part in defence at the National Stadium in Singapore.

Conte added: “It will be a good option to see Morata from the start.

“We have our last game before Arsenal and for this reason we will play with our strongest starting XI.”

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