Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte understands Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola’s comments on retirement, but the Italian says he needs football.
Asked about the prospect of emulating the longevity of Sir Alex Ferguson or Arsene Wenger, Conte initially suggested he could envisage managing for 10 more years, but he seemed tempted by more.
“You are talking about two monsters, two great managers,” Conte said.
“They are a big example for me. I hope to have, not completely their career, but 10 years, yes. It’s enough for me.
“Twenty more years? Now I’m 47. I prefer that my wife doesn’t listen to this…
“This is our life. Football is our life, with this pressure, with all.
“In the moment that football is not in our life, I think probably we die.”
— Chelsea HQ (@Chelsea_HQ) January 6, 2017