Antonio Conte has hinted darkly that his latest stint in England could also be drawing to an in depth. The Tottenham manager has a year-long extension clause to his current deal which expires in the summertime.
However the lack of three close friends in recent months is making him re-evaluate the importance of being nearer to his family in Italy. With daughter Vittoria studying for exams, wife Elisabetta remained behind in Rome to assist her along with her education and Conte flies forwards and backwards at any time when possible.
Nevertheless, the recent losses of his Tottenham fitness coach and two former team-mates – one for club, one for country – have led to him reevaluating his life completely.
“Needless to say this season is a difficult season from a private aspect,” he said. “Because to lose in such a short while three those who I knew thoroughly because before Gian Piero Ventrone, then Sinisa Mihajlovic and now Gianluca Vialli.
“It was not easy. Because repeatedly we expect and we give a variety of importance to our work and we forget the family, we forget that we’d like to have more time for us. Needless to say, this season is making me have a very important reflection on my future.
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“The individuals who know me can say, I couldn’t be a superb coach without commitment,” Conte said. “No club where I actually have worked has ever been unhappy with what I actually have given them. Normally once I left the club they regretted it rather a lot, because they knew the commitment I put into the club.
“I put pressure on every game because I would like to win. If my team goes to play with a team at the underside of the table or in first place, I put the identical pressure, because for me the pressure is a positive.
“The pressure allows me to offer 100 per cent. If I’m relaxed and I don’t have energy, it’s not a superb signal for myself. For that reason, in every game I put pressure on myself to try to seek out an ideal energy.”
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