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Conte talks to Thierry Henry about life at Chelsea and building a Fortress Stamford Bridge

The build-up to Friday night's Chelsea vs. Liverpool game continues.

Thierry Henry and Antonio Conte were teammates for a brief period back in the late '90s — Henry, an up-and-coming winger from Monaco failed to settle at Juventus and left in the summer of 1999 having just joined a few months earlier in January. Conte was the captain back then, now he's a manager. (Henry, meanwhile, started moonlighting as the assistant manager for the Belgium national team, while continuing his gig as a pundit on Sky Sports.)

So, anyway, the two legends of the world game sit down on some garden furniture and talk about the usual things like hating to lose, having the team run a lot, giving and earning respect, the importance of not losing at home, and the need for a bed at Cobham so that Conte can spend a bit more than the 8-9 hours he already spends every day at the club.

A couple choice quotes:

"From my experience as a footballer, I think this is the right way to manage a changing room [that no one is above the team]. I think that when I start a season, I speak with my players and I always talk about education and respect."

"And I demand this, but I give this. And if someone does not have a good attitude during the training session, or good behaviour in a different circumstances, I prefer to kill him than have 22 players. Because I repeat, from my experience as a footballer, if a manager closes his eyes, he does not want to see the bad situation and he loses the changing room."

"When there is my wife and daughter, then I am allowed to go in together and visit and enjoy London and it is a fantastic city. And when I stay a long time here, it is very difficult for me because I stay at Stamford Bridge for eight or nine hours, I prefer to work here [Chelsea's training ground at Cobham]."

"But in the future I want to ask for a bed here, because there could be a situation that happens where there is the possibility I want to stay here!"

Chelsea vs. Liverpool kicks off in a little over 12 hours, live on Sky, NBCSN, and whatever other channels are viewable on your television. It's going to be a statement game, that's for sure.

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