What Conte is doing at Chelsea is extraordinary. Antonio has determination, ideas, personality and experience. He's mature as a coach now and I'm truly happy for him.
Antonio Conte joined the Italian National Football Team on August 19, 2014. The newly-elected FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio had assigned him a dual role –management of the Italian National Team, along with bolstering and coordinating the national youth football program. On September 4th, he made his debut, with a resounding two-nil victory in an exhibition match versus the Netherlands.
Italy qualified for Euro 2016 by defeating Azerbaijan in Baku 3-1. When the Italian team arrived at Euro 2016 in France, they advanced to the Round of 16, where they shut out the Spanish Champions 2-0. Conte’s experience as the Manager came to an end in the quarter-finals on July 2nd, when the Italian National Football Team lost a nail-biter on penalties to the German squad.
I am convinced I have some good players and if we manage to turn them into a team, I think we can compete on the same level as teams with more individual talent. I like tough challenges.
Italy needs a leader and I think Conte is our man. I think he is the most important manager on the field. His great professionalism requires no assistance, we have given Conte free rein and so he is the one calling the shots now.
Carlo Tavecchio, President of the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio
Conte is a maestro. For me he is the best manager of recent years. Those who don't know him very well think he is moody, but he is a good guy and an exemplary pro who lives and breathes football.
I'm giving myself a few years’ time to join a big club. If I don't succeed, I will spend much more time with my family.While Conte was on the manager training course in Coverciano, he was asked to work as assistant to De Canio, manager of Siena, an offer that was hard to refuse.