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Name Antonio Conte
Gender Male
Ethnic Italian
Job Italian Football Coach

Affiliation

Club as Coach Inter Milan
  Chelsea FC

2016 10 23 Retrieve

[Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United coaching staff ignored Antonio Conte’s outstretched hand as they turned to retreat down the tunnel, it provoked a heated argument with a member of the Italian’s own back-room team] I think that a private conversation must remain private. If someone discover something, OK … but for me the private conversation remains private.

I think that, today, it was right to call on our fans in a moment when I could only hear the supporters of Manchester United [singing] at 4-0. So I called the fans to give the players a great clap after this kind of performance. The players deserved that

We live with emotions. If you want to cut the emotions, we can stay at home and I will change jobs. It’s important for our fans to push in every moment of the game. When the players deserve it after this performance, it’s right to receive a great clap from the fans.

It’s right to celebrate when you win. When you work very hard and win, it’s important to celebrate. But I prefer to win a war, not a battle. I have already told my players that Manchester United is in the past. Now we must be focused on Wednesday because there is another important, tough game against West Ham [in the League Cup]. It’s important to celebrate this evening, but then to start to focus on another game

2017 02 25 Retrieve

[Antonio Conte praises Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti, who will reach 1,000 games as a coach this weekend] He is now the best Italian coach, one of the best in the world. 1,000 games is not easy, to stay on the bench for that long but with that responsibility to win every season is great. He deserves the best

2017 03 18 Retrieve

[Chelsea manager Antonio Conte praised United counterpart Jose Mourinho for his successful coaching spells with the Stamford Bridge outfit] I think Jose Mourinho wrote a good part of the history of Chelsea. He won a lot with the players. He did a great job here in Chelsea. It’s important, always, not to forget this. I have great respect for him because he’s a winner. I like his mentality. He has a winning mentality. For sure, he’s one of the best in the world and, here, he did a great job. I think every single fan must respect him. Would I like to write a history like him and leave like a hero? In the future, I hope so. His history with Chelsea was great. I know very well he’s in the heart of Chelsea’s fans. It’s great this because he deserves it. For sure, I hope in the future to emulate his wins here

2017 04 08 Retrieve

[Antonio Conte speaks after his side’s 2-1 win over Manchester City] I think I played tonight with my players, for sure. I suffered with them. We must be pleased because we beat a very strong team – I think they’re the best team in the league

2017 04 22 Retrieve

[Antonio Conte thinks second-place Tottenham Hotspur are the best team in the league. Despite Chelsea have a four-point lead at the top of the English Premier League] It won’t be easy because I think Tottenham are now the best team. They are in good form and they have a lot of enthusiasm. They are feeling the possibility to write history and it is important for us to know this

2017 05 13 Retrieve

[Antonio Conte reveals his delight after winning the English Premier League title in his debut season as Chelsea manager] For me to win in my first season in England, I am really proud of the achievement. My players showed me great professionalism, commitment, work-rate and will to try to win this league. We have two games to celebrate, then we try to make this season from great to fantastic

2017 07 29 Retrieve

[Antonio Conte speaks of his admiration for Tottenham Hotspur forward Harry Kane] Tottenham is a really good squad, if they are able to keep all the players. For me, Harry Kane, now, is one of the best strikers in the world. If I had to buy one striker, I would go to Kane. He is a complete striker. He is strong physically, with the ball, without the ball, he fights and he’s strong in the air and acrobatic on the right and the left. If you go to buy Kane now, it would be at least £100m

2017 09 30 Retrieve

[Antonio Conte reveals that he will return to his homeland before too long] I have nostalgia for Italy and this is without doubt. I have in my head not to stay abroad for so long. Once [I am] done [with] some nice and formative experiences, I for sure will return to Italy

2017 11 24 Retrieve

[Antonio Conte talks about the selling of former Chelsea FC such as De Bruyne as example of Chelsea’s talent drain] I don’t know, honestly, what happened in the past. But for sure we are talking about a top player, the complete player. He’s good – technical, fast, and he works hard for his team. He is the complete player

2017 12 09 Retrieve

[Antonio Conte talks about playmaker Eden Hazard’s potential] I don’t think that Eden is at the peak of his career yet. I think he has a lot of improvement [to make]. It’s important for him to work, work, work in every training session to improve himself and then to have this kind of performance. You are only at the top when you win the Ballon d’Or the first time, when you win the Champions League or when you win the World Cup. At that moment, you are a great player

2018 03 17 Retrieve

[Antonio Conte heaped praise on Lionel Messi] When you have the opportunity to make a great compliment to Messi, it is right. It is right to recognise a super, super, super top player. He is able to score 60 goals every season. I am very pleased to have had the opportunity to give him my compliment. We are talking about an extraordinary player - the best in the world

2018 11 17 Retrieve

[Antonio Conte on the ethos of Italian coaches] We Italian coaches have a great culture of work and when you join a new club you can’t change everything, you must try and do it very gradually. Each coach must be a good tailor and adapt their beliefs to the human material that they have at their disposal

2019 09 28 Retrieve

[Antonio Conte speaks on Alexis Sanchez] It is up to us to help him find the form and the brilliance he has lost a little. Alexis is a footballer who has certain characteristics. He is a tough player, and sooner or later you will see him on the pitch. Each of us has room for improvement. For some it will be a path that is more simple; for others more complex