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Why Antonio Conte’s tenacity may become a problem for Chelsea | Paul MacInnes

The Italian’s forceful personality has revived fortunes but his abrupt departure from Juventus in 2014 should serve as a warning to Roman Abramovich

That Antonio Conte should prove as canny and unbending an operator away from the dugout as he is in it should not come as a surprise. That applies especially to those who recall the time he felt shortchanged in “a €100 restaurant”.

Reports suggest the Chelsea manager is at loggerheads with the club’s hierarchy over transfer dealings, less than a month after he lifted the Premier League trophy. These accounts carry echoes of Conte’s final months as manager of Juventus.

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