Antonio Conte has described himself as an “animal” during Chelsea matches, but insists celebrating with his players after victories is important for building team spirit within the camp.
Conte has become a much-loved character at Stamford Bridge following an impressive debut season in England, with the Italian’s calm demeanour off the pitch and, indeed, his passionate one on it helping to create what the 47-year-old has called a “great emotional connection” between himself and the fans.
Following Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday, Conte celebrated with his players and staff in front of the travelling supporters.
And the Chelsea coach has admitted he does demonstrate a different side to his personality during games, but emphasized the need for himself and his players to remain calm off the pitch to ensure they win the Premier League title this term.
“There are two Antonios. Two different people,” Conte said.
“During the game, I know I am an animal.
“After the game, I must be relaxed when we win but I think it’s very good to celebrate this win with the players, staff and fans. I live for this.”
He added: “We must be pleased because we played a game with the head and, at this part of this season, it is important to use our head, then your heart and then your legs.”