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Antonio Conte gave a long interview to the French weekly L'Équipe . The Inter coach talked about his way of being, about the passion that makes him so loved by his fans. In this regard, a funny memory emerges from Italy-Spain, quarter-final at Euro 2016 (won 2-0 by Conte's Azzurri). Here is the first part of the interview.

SUPREME PAIN – The interview with Antonio Conte of the magazine L'Équipe arrives only two days after the famous coach's outburst in Dortmund. It is therefore impossible not to start by analyzing what the defeat represents for the Inter coach: «Pain. For a day, a day and a half, I don't feel well at all. It's like mourning. The defeat must leave its mark, on me, on my players, on the club I work for. I draw energy and strength to find the remedies and improve the situation, while victory can instill a certain relaxation » .

TRAINER ON THE FIELD – Since he was young, Conte has shown extraordinary ability to see the game, which made him a sort of "coach on the field": "Communication in the field is fundamental: in order for it to work, it is necessary to have one or two players let them know when the time is right to accelerate or stall. That's what I knew how to do, especially after my thirty years. When your legs turn less well, use your brain. What you can no longer do with your body, you do it with your head. I would like that even players under thirty could assimilate this, but it is always more difficult » .

UNSTABLE CHARACTER – The interview then continued on the strong character of Conte, who sees him frantically frolicking along the entire 90 minutes. These are his words: "The race is a battle, and when you go to fight, there is no reason to laugh or be happy. It's "mors tua, vita mea". I am extremely focused on the fact that only one will remain, and I do everything so that one is my team. Game to win, it can be annoying, it puts pressure on many people who are not used to it and who find it hard to follow me. It is my way of being and it will also lead me to interrupt my career too soon, because I live my work too intensely. I will be able to smile when I have less responsibility and fewer people on my shoulders » .

ITALY-SPAIN, WHAT YOU CAN DO! – Conte then recalled a singular episode that happened at Euro 2016 . During Italy-Spain , the quarter-final won by the Azzurri, the then coach kicked a ball into the stands with all his strength. The target? Send a clear message to his people: "Lucky that was the ball … I threw it into the stands and I think my players understood the message well: Spain pressed, and had too much freedom to do. I would like to sit on the bench and get up only once in a while like many of my colleagues do. Be more peaceful, don't lose your voice, waste less energy … Unfortunately or fortunately, I'm not that kind of coach. I play the game, the fan feels it.

THE PASSION BEFORE EVERYTHING – Conte is a passionate person, he knows he is, and does nothing to hide it: « The people who manage their own image are false, we have to prove who we are. If you have warm blood, you must not hold back just to make you believe that you are calm. Over time, your true nature eventually comes out. I am passionate, without any doubt, and I demand a lot of passion. Whoever does not have it will struggle with me » .

Source : L'Équipe magazine – Valentin Pauluzzi

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