Monday 19 February 2018

Maybe I need to wear a heart monitor - Conte

'Conte has not banned any foods for the Chelsea players but has advised them to adopt a healthy and balanced lifestyle as he has.' Photo: Reuters
'Conte has not banned any foods for the Chelsea players but has advised them to adopt a healthy and balanced lifestyle as he has.' Photo: Reuters

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Antonio Conte often looks like he may spontaneously combust, so passionate and demonstrative is he on the sidelines, so the Chelsea manager feels a healthy lifestyle is essential to keep the stresses of the job from taking their toll.

The Italian has revealed that he regularly runs around the pitches at the club's training ground to stay healthy and that he is careful about what he eats.

"I pay great attention to it," he said ahead of tomorrow's clash with Southampton. "I prefer to be fit. When I have time to run, to do fitness, I do. I run for 30 minutes. I change the rhythm of my run - nothing too strong! But I run a lot. Not the same runs as the players.

"I prefer to stay and observe and give instructions during the training session (not join in). When we finish sometimes when I have time and I'm not tired I have my period of fitness. I run here at the training ground. We have four pitches - I run around them.

"I know I risk a bit (with how animated he gets). Maybe I will wear a heart monitor but I hope (my heart rate) is not higher than the players!"

Conte has not banned any foods for the Chelsea players but has advised them to adopt a healthy and balanced lifestyle as he has.

"At the end of my career I started to eat very well and I felt the benefit. So when I became coach I wanted to have this idea with my players," he said.

"There is no ban but I want them to have the right balance, to eat carbs, protein and fat. It is important - you recover from injuries more quickly, you are more fresh mentally. I know because I tried this on myself. Now I prefer to avoid carbohydrates. I eat protein with vegetables and fruit."

However, Conte did admit he has a soft spot for his wife's cooking and that he was no gastronomic angel all the time.

"When I am with my wife, the spaghetti is good!" he added. "I like pasta but I try to avoid it because a lot of carbs is not good. Sometimes I do eat Nutella too though!"

Southampton v Chelsea, Live, Sky Sports 1, tomorrow, 4.0

Irish Independent

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