ANTONIO CONTE has all the time taken delight in residing to work.
However his traumatic previous couple of months have made him realise that there’s extra to life than his job.
The Tottenham supervisor has suffered three tragedies to shut buddies.
Gian Piero Ventrone, Spurs’ beloved health coach, handed away in October from leukaemia on the age of 61.
Serie A legend and nice buddy Sinisa Mihajlovic succumbed to the identical dreadful illness final month, aged simply 53.
Conte was then mourning the lack of Gianluca Vialli, his team-mate for Juventus and Italy, together with the remainder of the footballing world when the Chelsea hero died of pancreatic most cancers a fortnight in the past.
The Spurs boss, 53, mentioned: “This season is a tough season from a private side.
“To lose in such a short while three folks that I knew very effectively, Gian Piero Ventrone, then Sinisa and now Gianluca, it was not easy.
“For certain, when this case occurs it brings you to have essential reflections.
“As a result of many instances we give quite a lot of significance to our work and we overlook the household, we overlook that we have to have extra time for us.
“This season is making me have an important reflection on my future.”
Along with his 15-year-old daughter at a key age concerning her schooling, Conte and his spouse have determined it’s higher for them to proceed to stay in Italy whereas he’s over in England.
It is sensible given the “here today, gone tomorrow” nature of soccer administration — but it surely means he has spent quite a lot of time alone throughout these tough few months.
Whereas his assistant Cristian Stellini revealed earlier this month that Conte will not be one to speak about his emotions along with his employees, that he’s a “strong man”, so the Spurs boss can have been carrying all that ache alone.
And it does appear to have given him a brand new perspective on what’s essential.
Conte defined: “When work is on the high of your thoughts, possibly we overlook to stick with the household, we overlook to spend time with buddies.
“However that is our ardour and for the fervour we misplaced quite a lot of issues.
“When this case occurs, you begin to assume possibly generally it’s also good to provide extra time to your loved ones and buddies and your self.
“The work is not everything in life.”
Conte’s tough interval has not been helped by his group struggling. Spurs are by means of to the final 16 of the Champions League and nonetheless within the hunt for the Premier League high 4.
However outcomes have been poor of late, with three defeats of their final six league video games.
Some followers are beginning to get annoyed, whereas others are unconvinced Conte’s coronary heart is actually in it given his contract expires in the summertime and he’s but to decide to recent phrases.
Requested the way it feels to listen to that his dedication is being questioned, notably given what he has been by means of personally, Conte replied: “I don’t learn and I don’t hear this however the individuals who know me can inform me that I might be not coach.
“However in regards to the dedication and what I give the membership the place I work, no membership was sad about this.
“Usually when I left the club they regret me a lot because they knew the way I work and the commitment I put into the club.”
The previous Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan chief even hinted that Spurs are eager for him to remain longer due to his tireless work ethic.
He mentioned: “I give every thing for the membership. Not just for Tottenham — for Inter, for Juventus, for each membership the place I used to be the coach.
“It is normal that when I finish the day I am tired because I work a lot for the club. And for this reason the club want me to stay for a long period.”
It doesn’t get any simpler for Spurs as they go to Manchester Metropolis tonight, dealing with what Conte reckons is “the best team in the world”.
Tottenham can take coronary heart from their 3-2 win on the Etihad final time period, when Harry Kane scored twice.
Spurs go into the sport as underdogs, which can assist given they’ve struggled with the stress of being favourites in latest weeks.
But Conte mentioned: “If my group goes to play with a group on the backside of the desk or in first, I put the identical stress — as a result of for me the stress is a constructive.
“The pressure allows me to give 100 per cent. If I’m relaxed and I don’t have energy, it’s not a good signal for myself.”