Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has warned he will not change his ways on the touchline despite criticism for his actions from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho at the weekend.
The former Chelsea manager held a stern word with the Italian, believing Conte had disrespected him for livening up the crowd as Chelsea cruised to a 4-0 win over the Red Devils at Stamford Bridge, with Mourinho claiming Conte’s actions embarrassed him.
However, speaking ahead of the club’s EFL Cup tie with West Ham on Wednesday, as reported by the Sun, Conte stated he would not change his active ways on the touchline for anybody because he sees himself as a passionate boss.
He said: “I must be honest, for me it’s not important. After the game I was very focused to look back at the game and at a lot of positive things.
“I always think of the game in every situation because that focus helps if you want to improve your team. Even if you win or lose there are a lot of situations you could improve. Me, I always concentrate on the game. The other situation is not so important.
“My way of living the game is always the same. I like the game to be about my players. There are other coaches that live the game in a different situation, for example they stay seated. For me, that’s impossible because I live the game with great emotion and great passion.
“For this reason I have to get my players to perform in a certain way.
“And I also hope that it means I can sometimes give the right call or the right movement to suggest they find the right position or find the ball if a team-mate is not seeing this situation.
“I try to help my players during the game. Sometimes they listen but in other situations they probably don’t hear but then I shout even more change – but I live the game in this way.”
When asked if he could or would like to change how he acts on the touchline, Conte said: “Ha. Sometimes I’d like to be a coach that stays seated and watches the game nice and relaxed.
“Sometimes I’d like to be this type of manager, to stay calm, to enjoy also the game. But it’s very difficult for me.
“I still want to play, I want to help my players stay close in every moment of a game and also show them that I’m always with them, whether it is a positive or negative situation. I will stay there to support them. If we win or lose we are always together.”
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