Antonio Conte appears to have changed.

Gone are the days when he used to strut up and down the touchline with the same hot-stepping energy as Mick Jagger. The Inter Milan technical area no longer resembles a tiger enclosure with Conte on the prowl, roaring at every kick, header and tackle.

This isn’t to say the 51-year-old has become passive or subdued. The Inter dugout has not suddenly turned quiet. The commentary is constant, the instructions incessant and intensity still radiates from it at a rate only Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid can match elsewhere in Europe.

Even so, Conte has dialled it down.

After the stress of last season, which left the former Juventus, Italy and Chelsea coach on the brink of walking away, he determined: “I have to learn to enjoy the journey.”

The squad he has at his disposal is deeper than last season. “There is quality,” Conte admitted after a helter-skelter 4-3 win over…





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