Antonio Conte reveals he loses up to three kilos per Chelsea match due to touchline antics
Antonio Conte has revealed he loses up to three kilograms a match due to his manic touchline behaviour.
Conte’s performances in the technical area last season were frequently compelling as Chelsea won the Premier League title and the Italian has admitted he feels completely drained after the final whistle.
This is the manager who was nicknamed by Andrea Pirlo as ‘The Beast With Two Wives’ – football and his own wife Elisabetta – while he was compared to a hurricane by journalists during his spell with Juventus.
There were also so many flying objects thrown in his dressing room at Juve that it became known as Cape Canaveral.
Conte finds it difficult to tone down his passion but said he may have to calm down when he gets older.
“I finish the game and I'm destroyed. I think I lose 2-3 kilos during the game,” he said.
“I try to transfer all my passion into my work. I know that in the future it will be very difficult to continue to have this, because to stay on the touchline and have this passion, you must have a lot of strength.
“In the future my strength will be less and then maybe I will try to keep myself calm and more seated.
“If you saw me as a footballer, when I played I always showed a great passion. The will to fight, to overcome difficulty with a run, with heart.
“My talent as a footballer was medium, but I had to work to overcome my limitations. I think I transferred this to my coaching, but with more talent than I had as a player.”
Conte’s livewire antics will return to the European stage this season, as Chelsea prepare for the Champions League after a year’s absence.
His last experience of the competition was one to forget, after his Juventus team were knocked out of the group stages in 2013 by Galatasaray – 24 hours after the game was abandoned due to heavy snow.
Conte is acutely aware of recent history, with Chelsea the last English winners of the Champions League in the 2011-12 season, but has admitted the current squad could struggle to make an impact.
“I am excited to play in the Champions League but I know we have a lot of road ahead before we can compete to try to win it,” he said.
“We are trying to rebuild and it’s not easy. You need a bit of time to create a structure and to build every season and then to go to fight.
“I think now we are in another era, another period for Chelsea. We must have patience.
“We started this season with only 11 players and we bought [Tiemoue] Bakayoko, [Antonio] Rudiger, [Alvaro] Morata and [Willy] Caballero.
“But we have lost many players from last season and we have to rebuild the situation.”