Who hasn’t seen Chelsea’s coach celebrate with all his heart every single goal of his team as they marched on last season to win the Premier League title?
It’s not just the way he celebrates the goals that takes its toll on him. Throughout the 90 minutes of every game he looks as if he’s actually taking part in it. Last season he even joked, saying he should wear a heart monitor, just like the ones the player wear these days.
If you saw me as a footballer, I always showed a great passion. My talent as a footballer was medium but I had heart and a will to win and work to overcome my limitations
the Italian manager, who is turning 48 this Monday, told reporters.
I knew it was going to be difficult to become a top player but I played for 20 years at a good level. To be captain and win a lot at Juventus and play for 20 years and play in the World Cup and the European Championship… I think I had a good career, no? I was a good player. I have transferred my passion into my career as a coach but I have more talent as a coach than as a player
Chelsea’s manager also said, before revealing how he feels, physically, at the end of every game.
During the game I try to stay together with my players in positive and negative situations. It’s true, I finish the game and I am destroyed. I lose two or three kilos during a game
the Italian said, and by looking at him during any Chelsea match, you’re left with the impression that he’s not really exaggerating (about the ‘destroyed’ part).