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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is usually known for his animated and vociferous coaching style as he’s always seen on the touchline dishing out instructions to his players.

The Italian has admitted that the job of a manager could be hard sometimes and he finds it difficult.

Asked if he always wanted to be a manager, he told GQ: “Yes. I coached my first team when I was 14! I trained a team of elementary school kids. I always loved it. I always felt I would do this, that this would be my life.

“But sometimes I hate it, you know. Sometimes I hate this job, because sometimes you lose your life. If you want to do this job, to be a good coach, a great coach, you must sacrifice your life and sometimes I hate this.”

Conte was asked specifically what he hated. He answered: “I have to think football 18 hours a day.”

The Chelsea boss hopes he will handle the situation better with his wife and daughter moving to England for his second year in the job.

He said: “I love being with my family. This year will be better because they are moving to England from Italy. But it is not easy because this job is so intense. My mind is always on football.”

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