Planet Earth, Premier League edition: The animal behaviour of Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola

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With Premier League heavyweights Manchester City and Chelsea doing battle in the weekend's early kick-off, two of the most expressive, and newest managers in the division, Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola, will go head-to-head on the touchline.

After some serious analysis, it came to our attention that the behaviour of these two colossal footballing figures has something of the natural world about it.

Let's take a look at these wondrous creatures, then.

Looking to impress others around the savannah that is the Premier League, Guardiola is a creature of movement, as he exhibits here in his new habitat.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola - (Tim Goode/PA)
(Tim Goode/PA)

Guardiola dresses in grey to avoid recognition from others roaming the touchline, such as the man behind him.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola - (Tim Goode/PA)
(Tim Goode/PA)

Pep's tactics are all based around movement - here, he attempts to impress the players with some disco moves.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola - (Rui Vieira/AP)
(Rui Vieira/AP)

He uses shapes to communicate with potential mates as well, impressing with his form.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola - (Martin Rickett/PA)
(Martin Rickett/PA)

But while he is a creature of subtlety, Guardiola is not averse to more crude displays - here he wards off Pablo Zabaleta, who has carelessly wandered into his territory. Away Pablo, away!

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola - (Martin Rickett/PA)
(Martin Rickett/PA)

Chelsea's Conte is an altogether more different animal. Inhabiting the Bridge, he is a chameleon of sorts, impersonating a number of other creatures in an effort to communicate to his team.

Here, Conte carefully characterises himself as a frilled lizard.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte - (Frank Augstein/AP)
(Frank Augstein/AP)

His octopus impression needs work - and about six more arms.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte - (Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport)
(Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport)

Conte's vocal attributes are equally impressive; his powerful screech makes him the alpha male of the pack - watch as all in his presence respond to his call.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte - (John Walton/PA)
(John Walton/PA)

The Italian is an expressive animal, and as such conveys fear by covering his facial features. Here he worries about the game against Manchester City this weekend...

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte - (Mike Egerton/PA)
(Mike Egerton/PA)

...or does he?

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte - (Mike Egerton/PA)
(Mike Egerton/PA)

Scary stuff.