In general, though, Conte tends to become more animated when the discussion turns to hard work.
A ballsy play considering the swirling cocktail of other vague and not so vague points of contention aired in numerous interviews just recently.
Judging by his looks in the snap, it came when the former Inter and Real Madrid manager was working as an assistant prior to his breakthrough as a manager.
"I really think that you and the specialists, you know the football that we were playing in the beginning of the season". But patience is a big quality.
The Daily Mirror says the Blues hierarchy continue to hold Conte in high esteem and are sympathetic to the injury setbacks that have robbed the Italian of some key players this season. The softly-softly approach for over a year has patently had no impact.
Chelsea are known to have a strict contract policy with players over the age of 30. "For a winner, you have to have a path. In this path there is sacrifice".
"You don't win because one day you wake up and decide: 'Oh, today I'll win, '" he said.
-Antonio Conte; source: Football.London " I think it's very difficult to speak about 'friendship' with other coaches because then they become an opponent.
Marouane Fellaini is still out with knee ligament damage, so Ander Herrera is expected to return to the lineup after being rested for the Benfica game. "But it was dead".
Jose Mourinho has made it clear to the board that he does not wish to keep Luke Shaw at the club anymore and wants him sold.
United's away support, in contrast, is exemplary.
Conte insisted the pair's relationship is professional ahead of their Super Sunday clash, but was stopped short in his pre-match press conference when asked if he will shake Mourinho's hand after the game. So why now, with everything else he's currently fighting? If we are not ready to dig deep, we can have this type of game.