Antonio Conte joined the Italian National Team on 19 August 2014. The newly elected FIGC president Carlo Tavecchio assigned him a dual role – management of the Italian National Team and Coordination of the Junior Section.
On 4 September he made his pitch-side debut, with a 2-0 victory in a friendly match against the Netherlands.
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.