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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte left 'destroyed' by touchline antics

Italian is as well known for his emotion on the sidelines as he is for his tactical abilities. 

Antonio Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in charge. Roslan Rahman / AFP
Antonio Conte led Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in charge. Roslan Rahman / AFP

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says he loses up to three kilograms during games because of his touchline antics and often feels "destroyed" afterwards.

Conte, 47, made an immediate impact in guiding Chelsea to the Premier League title in his first season in English football after arriving last year.

The former Italy and Juventus midfielder also quickly earned a reputation for displaying his full range of emotions on the sidelines, including jumping into the arms of Chelsea fans to celebrate goals. Conte has said he will need to tone down his behaviour one day.

"I finish the game and I'm destroyed. I think I lose two to three kilos during the game," he told reporters in Singapore, where Chelsea are on a pre-season tour.

"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."

Conte recently signed an improved contract with Chelsea, although there is no extension to the three-year deal he signed upon arriving last summer.

* Agence France-Presse

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