Spurs star explains ‘big contrast’ between Conte in training and during matches

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Antonio Conte
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Eric Dier has admitted that Antonio Conte is much calmer when addressing the team during the week and at half-time than he is on the touchline during matches.

Conte is arguably the most animated manager across the Premier League when his side is in action, with the Italian kicking and heading nearly every ball.

That is perhaps why Spurs fans have come to love ‘Conte cam’ so much since the Italian took over at the North London club back in November.

The 52-year-old was no different in Tottenham’s final home game of the season against Burnley, with the Lilywhites managing to edge out the Clarets to pile the pressure on Arsenal ahead of their trip to St James’ Park.

Dier has now explained that Conte has a calmer demeanour at half-time and gets his message across to the squad very clearly.

The centre-back told BT Sport: “It is a big contrast, him on the touchline from him on the training pitch to him off it.

“At half time and in the meetings at the training pitch he is calm and gets his message across very clearly, passionately always and then on the training pitch and on the touchline, he is so aggressive and intense.”

However, Dier revealed that Conte expects the training sessions to be of the same intensity as matches, and admitted that the Italian’s passion has rubbed off on the squad.

He added: “Everything is with so much intensity in training, the training is the same as it is here [a match]. He feels it and lives it and that rubs off on you as players. You feel that passion he shows and his staff as well, it has been so enjoyable to have worked under him.”

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It is evident that Conte and his coaching staff have a great relationship with all the players. That is one of the reasons why I am confident that the Italian will not walk away from the job this summer.

His reluctance to commit his future seems to be purely down to not wanting to weaken his bargaining position when discussing the club’s summer transfer budget with Fabio Paratici and Daniel Levy.

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