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Antonio Conte vs. Jurgen Klopp: Who wins in a touchline "emotion-off"?

"I don't want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them." So wrote Oscar Wilde in "The Picture of Dorian Gray," and there are a couple of managers in the Premier League who regularly use, enjoy and dominate theirs.

Many coaches convey a sense of robotic blankness on the touchline for fear of giving too much away, but Chelsea's Antonio Conte and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp are notable exceptions. a pair of touchline tacticians who are like exposed nerves, running the full gamut of human emotions in a mere 90 minutes.

Ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup final with Arsenal, we decided to pit Conte and Klopp against one another in a dance-off of pitchside self-expression. Who did it best?

Looking really, really happy

It's been tough for many of us to enjoy Chelsea's title, though it's hard to dislike Conte's giddy reaction after his side's 4-3 win over Watford on May 15. Look at him: He's like a baby with a new toy.

Jurgen Klopp's 2 o'clock shadow is no match for his sturdy pearly whites, which glint and glean in the Merseyside sunshine whenever the manager is pleased at his team's gegenpress.

Sadness, or defeat vs. a bad team

Chelsea's march to the title took a chastening dent against Jose Mourinho and Man United in mid-April, which offered us a rare glimpse at Conte in a more dejected state.

Klopp has felt a lot more misery than Conte this season -- whenever Liverpool played a team in the bottom half of the table, basically -- and losing 2-0 to Hull in February sure brought out his despondency.

When you have to play Tony Pulis

Conte is surely feeling a little fight or flight before facing West Brom a couple of weeks ago. It's not something you look forward to.

This is Klopp before facing West Brom. What is it about playing Tony Pulis that brings such stress?

Rage worthy of the Champions League

Anger is corrosive and intense -- especially if your team isn't playing in the 3-4-3 formation you desire. Conte gives an earful of furious instruction during Chelsea's 2-1 win over Tottenham in late November.

Liverpool's 2-0 defeat to Burnley back in August had many fans raging about a false dawn and the same-old LFC, but Klopp expressed it better than most.

Blue Steel, or capacity to model

Both managers have that distant scowl capable of selling millions in cologne, watches or luxury cars. Conte's sideways glance adds an extra dimension.

Stern, serious and dialed in: It's the Klopp way. It's a powerful glare that suggests superiority, calm and confidence. Until Simon Mignolet fumbles a corner.

Interaction with others

Conte was always one to join in a celebration but often left his grander gestures until full-time, when he could trot around the pitch and salute his players individually or in small groups. That's not to say he wasn't fond of midmatch engagement: This lucky fan got plenty of one-on-one time during Chelsea's 2-1 win vs. West Ham back in August.

Beating Arsenal to open the season was a pure and potent statement of intent regarding what this Liverpool side could do on its best day. New signing Sadio Mane was brilliant down the right and, along with his teammates, couldn't wait to drag Klopp into the fun. It's nice to see.

What on earth is happening

Conte might well be an art fan, but his rendition of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" is impeccable during Chelsea's 1-0 win over Sunderland in December. Maybe it's the best way to ensure your howls of instruction are heard, or maybe it's just the proximity to David Moyes that brings out the existential emotion.

Klopp has gone through several pairs of glasses since taking over at Anfield. Christian Benteke broke the gaffer's specs after Adam Lallana's dramatic late goal in their 5-4 win over Norwich last season, prompting a joke from Klopp that it was why the big striker was eventually sold. But Klopp is also good at breaking his own glasses: Here he is celebrating so hard after Mane made it 2-0 vs. Leicester that his face simply couldn't contain its own eyewear.

James Tyler is a senior editor for ESPN FC. He can be found on Twitter @JamesTylerESPN.

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