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'I hate the fake person' - Honest Conte won't change his Chelsea approach

7:15 AM SGT 28/1/18
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The Blues are currently struggling a little on the pitch after being knocked out of one cup but the head coach has no regrets on how he handles things

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte says that he will not change his approach to press conferences as he values honesty above all else.

The Blues boss only began to learn English six months before taking the job at Stamford Bridge, but already coined the phrase that "he prefers a bad truth than a good lie."

He faces Newcastle United on Sunday in the FA Cup, and that could be the club's best chance of silverware after being knocked out of the Carabao Cup.

Conte claims that he does not have any regrets and prefers to look forward, preferring to be honest with himself and the media.

"Chelsea's history speaks very clear. This is a great club. This is a great club," Conte told reporters. "No regrets, no. I think when I take a decision, I don't want to look behind. I want always to look at the present, to look in front of me. 

"I think this is the best way to improve yourself, to try to find a solution, don't try to find alibis, excuses. I think this is the right way. When you take a decision, you have to go forwards and to try to find a solution, a solution, a solution.

"You ask me if I had regrets, my answer is this: I think when you take a decision, you have to go straight. Because I think this is the best way to find solutions. Otherwise you continue to complain. 

"You have to go straight and to try to improve your future if this is possible. Otherwise you must continue to work. I am this way, I am this way. For sure, I'm not a diplomatic man. I think you can see this. Who knows me very well, they know I'm not a diplomatic man. 

"At the same time, I think I'm very honest and when you are honest with yourself and with others, no one thinks that I am a failure. I think this. I'm sure if I try to change myself, it's right to stop, to stop my career when I was a footballer, to stop my career, in this moment that I'm a coach. 

"I repeat: I think the honest person speaks very clearly in every moment. I prefer to be honest, to tell the truth in every moment. I hate the fake person."

"When I was the coach of the [Italy] national team, I took this decision to have international experience. I had this opportunity to have a chance in a fantastic country, in one of the best leagues, maybe the best league in the world and to face this type of situation. 

"I'm enjoying a lot this situation, but, as you know very well, if you want an easy life, you make easy decisions. To come and to be a coach in England, now, in this league, you don't have an easy life, because in every game you have to fight a lot. 

"If you play in Carabao Cup, or the league, it's the same. This league is different to the other leagues for this reason. For sure I'm enjoying a lot my time here.

"I'm really proud, because I think that we are doing fantastic things and I'm really proud because to work in this way you must be really proud for what we are doing, me and the players."

The 47-year-old former Juventus head coach has a fiery personality but he is also a family man, who likes to keep in shape and even does yoga from time-to-time. 

Conte is still quite young for a football head coach but he was asked at what point might he consider retirement from the game.

"I don't know. It's very difficult to understand when there is the right time to stop," he continued. "But I think that sometimes you think that you are cutting a lot of time with your family. Then on the other hand, when you are afan of your job, the football misses you. 

"For sure, the way that I do my job, you lose a lot of energy. Also because, I repeat, I'm not a manager who stays in his office and then every three days you decide your formation, you have your staff to work on the pitch and you stay with your legs on the table to watch the TV. 

"I'm a coach. My life is on the pitch, to try to improve my players, to try to put my idea of football on the pitch. For sure in this way you spend a lot of energy. To prepare the game every three days, you spend a lot of energy. 

"I'm very young to decide, or to think to retire myself. I think maybe another 10 years and then I'll start to think about this."