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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte shocked reporters when he turned up to his pre-match press conference with a new look, as he sported a freshly grown beard, which made him look very different from his regular clean shave.

The Chelsea boss has revealed that it was his wife’s idea, and he hopes to have luck with his new look.

He explained to the media: “I don’t know if it looks good, but my wife suggests that I tried for once, to try with a beard. Not superstition. This is the first time. We can see tomorrow if this beard brings luck or not.

“But I repeat, this is the first time I’ve tried to change my look, but only because my wife decided.”

He was asked if he will keep it as long as the team keeps winning.

He responded: “Yes, yes. I hope at the end of the season to finish with a big beard.”

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