|Job||Italian Football Coach|
|Desc||Winner of domestic league titles in both Italy and England, there is no doubting the credentials of current Inter manager Antonio Conte. The former heartbeat of Italy’s midfield has worked with some of the best players to grace the modern game, but his success owes much to his reinventing of the 3-5-2 wheel. Charged with reviving Juventus’ fortunes after the Calciopoli scandal, Conte led La Vecchia Signora to three consecutive Serie A titles - before impressing his philosophy upon an arguably average Chelsea side, winning the Premier League in his first year in charge|
|Club as Coach||Inter Milan|
2013 12 31 Retrieve
[Juventus may have been beaten by Galatasaray on a mud patch in December but Bianconeri boss Antonio Conte certainly won the war of words afterwards] At halftime I reiterated to the referee that it was not safe to play in these conditions. Didier Drogba said it was the same thing for both teams, but I pointed out it wasn’t, because we were trying to play football
2014 02 23 Retrieve
[Antonio Conte on Fabio Capello] When that football ‘guru’ speaks, we ought to just kneel down and say, ‘Yessir!’. Other historic Juventus coaches, like Marcello Lippi and Giovanni Trapattoni, are respectful but Capello is disrespectful and annoying. Since I’ve been here he’s always been talking about Juventus and sticking his nose in. Perhaps our statistics and records annoy him. Capello ought to mind his own business. He won two Scudetti with a tank of a squad, but nobody will remember their style of football or Capello for anything in particular
2016 02 13 Retrieve
[Italy coach Antonio Conte on his job] A tailor makes a suit out of the materials available to him. He can only do what the material allows him to do. The work of a football coach is rather similar
2016 07 16 Retrieve
[New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte looks ahead to upcoming English Premier League season when speaking to the media at his first press conference] Chelsea belongs in the Champions League and we must stay there. I know only the road to take the club back to competing and winning the title - work, work, work. The coach is a tailor who must make the best dress for the team. Last season in tenth was a bad season, but we must think to the present.
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]</b> 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
2016 12 17 Retrieve
[Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on why his forward Diego Costa enjoys a beer after a match] [It is good] for rehydration, you can drink Coca-Cola or one beer. It’s good for recovery. But one. Not a lot. It’s good. After you finish the game, quickly, not an hour after the end. I have great professionals in my players. In this case, I don’t think a coach or a manager can say: ‘Do this’ or ‘Don’t do this’. I have great professionals and I know they will have the better attitude and behaviours in this situation
2017 01 27 Retrieve
[Conte won’t sell Begovic unless replacement is found] Yes, Begovic will start. Begovic is a Chelsea player, it is important to understand this. And Begovic for me will stay. I understand all the players but I think it’s important also for the player to understand me and the club. Now it is very difficult because not one club is able to sell you a good player. We are open to help him if there is the opportunity to replace him in the best way. If it is not possible then Begovic will stay with us. At the end of the season we will evaluate the situation in the best way. I don’t know about a lot of names that I read. For sure there is this situation and Bournemouth asked about him but he is Chelsea’s player and I am very happy for him to stay in the squad, His commitment, his behaviour outside of the pitch. He is very important in the changing room. Only if we can have a good substitution can he go
[Defender Branislav Ivanovic is another to be linked with a move but Conte would not be drawn on his future] I don’t know. For sure this is a particular month because there is this window. There are a lot of speculations. There are a lot of lies but there is also truth in some situations. I don’t know what will happen at the end of this window. The club knows my thoughts about this. If we stay with these players, I am very happy too. I think that we have to improve our squad in [terms of] the number of players because in some roles we are short with a few players. If that happens I am very happy. If it doesn’t happen we will continue in this way
[He could not, however, confirm whether Kenedy or Charly Musonda will be allowed out on loan] I’ve read a lot of good names in the newspaper, yes. I think that sometimes you know more than me about this! I have confidence in my players. I don’t know if we will sign new players I must be honest. For sure, if Kenedy and Musonda play only one second they must stay with us for the rest of the season. The players know this, the club and me know this. But I think that they are two young players with good prospects. They have a good will to fight and to try to improve and work. If we take this decision to stay here I think that the players will be very happy and the club and I the same. For this season, Ruben and Chalobah, for sure they continue to stay with us for the rest of the season. We will continue in this way to try to develop our players, like Musonda, Kenedy and [Nathan] Ake
2017 02 01 Retrieve
[Conte doesn’t believe that Ivanovic’s career is over and that a move to Zenit St. Petersburg could revitalise the Serbia captain to another few years of influential performances] He has played a lot of games for Chelsea and has won a lot here. He is 32 years old and can play many more years at the top level but it’s important to respect the player’s decision
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 21 Retrieve
[Ugo Ehiogu’s death leaves Chelsea’s Antonio Conte pondering own mortality] It is a shock, for sure. When this type of situation happens I am a 47-year-old, a former player, and a coach. You think – for sure, this could happen to me. You think about this, and you hope that this situation never happens to someone. But when it happens, you reflect a lot about life. And sometimes you think [you should] live the life more, and not sometimes be angry for stupid problems. Because you don’t know if the day after you’ll be here, or another place. This situation is very clear for us. We are in trouble. Aké has been showing me in all this period, always a great commitment. He worked very hard, his behaviour was fantastic.
[Cahill’s absence might have been considered an ideal opportunity to rehabilitate the club captain, John Terry, who has started three of Chelsea’s four FA Cup ties on their road to Wembley. Instead Conte revealed that he would put his trust in Nathan Aké] And don’t forget that Aké was playing every game with Bournemouth, and he wanted to come and try to help us fight for the title. I think he’s a good player, he deserves this opportunity and I trust him. I have no problem to take this decision.
Aké has been showing me in all this period, always a great commitment. He worked very hard, his behaviour was fantastic. And don’t forget that Aké was playing every game with Bournemouth, and he wanted to come and try to help us fight for the title. I think he’s a good player, he deserves this opportunity and I trust him. I have no problem to take this decision
I think the FA Cup is a great competition. There is a great tradition in this competition and we want to respect this. But I think also when there is a clash with a game you have to play in the league this situation is very clear for us, we are in trouble to face this situation. I have to take the best decision, to find the right balance.
We have to enjoy this moment, because this moment is great for everyone. For me, in my first season, and for my players because they worked a lot to arrive at this point. I think we have to enjoy this moment, to help each other, and to live with joy because if we think of where we started this season, I think every one of us would have signed up to have the situation we face now
[Conte dismissed Mauricio Pochettino’s suggestion that Chelsea’s gilded recent history and current league leadership make them heavy favourites for the game as an excuse] I think that Tottenham must be considered at the top, because they are now a really great power in English football. They have been working three years and I think it’s the right moment not to consider them underdogs and have this excuse. They are a great team and for the second year they are fighting for the title. Last year they missed this, this year they are trying again, and I think in the future they will fight every year for the title because they are full of strong players and they are building something important
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 b92077ee48710449a07b421200ff561d 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 05 26 Retrieve
[Modest Conte comes across as very much a glass half-empty man – he is too aware of the downside of professional football to linger too long on the fleeting giddiness of glory] I don’t like a lot the champagne. I celebrated, for sure, with my staff. We had a dinner together, and we had ‘cheers’. It’s right to enjoy this moment because if you win after a strong season like this, it’s right to enjoy it. I don’t smoke, but tomorrow I’m hoping to smoke a cigar if we win. I’m ready to do this
But I can tell you that, to celebrate the win, the moment of the celebration is less. The low from a defeat is longer than the high after a win.
At the moment, my situation is very clear. I have two more years’ contract with the club. Then, if the club give me the possibility to stay here and to extend my contract, for sure I am available to do this. But we have the same idea about the future. The way we have to do things together, to improve the squad and the team. But, I repeat, I’m happy for this season and am happy to stay here. I hope to stay here for many years.
[As ever, Conte draws inspiration from the bad moments to deliver the good times – the 3-0 defeat at Arsenal in September which triggered a major tactical rethink] In my career, I had tough moments, at Arezzo in my first role. I started my career with a team in the lower divisions. But, for sure, when you arrive at a new club like b92077ee48710449a07b421200ff561d and the level of expectation is so high, you have to be ready to face this moment.
I think, at this moment, you see the real value of the coach. In these moments you can appreciate the reaction of the coach, if the coach is able to understand the moment and find a solution to completely change the season. But, honestly, I was always very calm. I knew that I was putting all of myself, all my strength, into this new job. Myself and my staff were working so hard for the club and the players. Anything can happen in a season, but the most important thing is your soul, your heart, are calm.
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 b92077ee48710449a07b421200ff561d’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 08 12 Retrieve
[Conte said in July on the back of a 1-0 International Champions Cup defeat to Manchester United] We’re working with him, but his response isn’t positive. Perisic can’t play in the role that I want. Therefore, he can only play as a striker right now.
2019 09 28 Retrieve
[Antonio Conte speaks on Alexis Sanchez] It is up to us to help Alexis Sanchez 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
2019 12 05 Retrieve
[Inter boss Conte confirms he turned down AS Roma job] With Francesco, there is a long-standing friendship. He explained the situation to me and told me about the possibility of Roma. I made an assessment in a very calm manner and thought it was not the right time. At that moment, however, an offer from Inter was not there. There were no other teams. I made my evaluation and I decided to decline the proposal in a very respectful manner. I know it’s a huge club, but it wasn’t the time. Maybe in the future
[Conte has been impressed by the job Fonseca has done at Roma] He is demonstrating his qualities after his time in Ukraine [with Shakhtar Donetsk]. Here, you have to settle in, your opponents study you and prepare very well to stop you. He brought an idea and also used it in Serie A. Roma deserve compliments. They have a competitive squad made up of experienced players and very good talents. They are in a great moment of form. Roma have a maturity, strength and knowledge which will force us to show them respect
2019 12 06 Retrieve
[The Conte effect: ‘The Messi of coaches’ has put Inter back on top of Serie A] One last thing about taking over at Inter as a former Bianconero: I think of myself as an honest and loyal person on all points, I believe in work, effort, sacrifice. I do not change my personality, I’m not an ass-licker, I do not play the violin. I try to make myself appreciated for all that, but if you prefer to fan the fire rather than take me as a positive example […] I got to where I am by myself and I do not have to thank anyone except my parents. I am a free spirit
[Having seen his side let leads slip as they lost to both Borussia Dortmund and the Catalans] Big mistakes were made in planning this season. I am fed up of saying it. I don’t care about January or February. We should’ve planned this season out much, much better. We proved that we can trouble anyone if we are on form, but there are players who have played non-stop. We cannot play in Serie A and the Champions League constantly pushed to the limits. I am really p*ssed off, because we cannot do more than this. We’ve reached the limit. I just hope this type of match clarifies things for those who need to understand. The lads are going at 100km/h and I can only thank them for all they are doing during this period. They cannot give more than this. I am just fed up of saying the same things over and over. I hope a director comes here and says things instead
[On the eve of Friday’s massive meeting with AS Roma, Conte also signalled an end to the complaining] There are still four games left of this period, we will do it with our chests out, knowing what our strengths and weaknesses are. No time to cry and hide. We must do our bestsimple; for others more complex
2019 12 07 Retrieve
[Conte angry at boos from Intermilan fans after AS Roma stalemate] The fans must support us and help us, as they are doing, because it is a moment where we must make a virtue of their support. I was sorry to hear a few whistles after wrong passages [of play]. This is not good, we need everyone. They must support us and they must not whistle at the first mistake. It is not easy to play at the San Siro, many of the boys are young, everyone needs help. I wanted to say this because I always want to protect the group. We must not become presumptuous, these kids must always be supported
[Instead of criticising his all-star forward line, Conte chose instead to credit Roma’s stand-in goalkeeper Antonio Mirante] Yes [Lukaku and Martinez made mistakes], even if we also have to take into account Mirante’s great game, which was the best on the field. When we win, we draw and we lose, we do it all together. The midfielders also had the opportunity to score, not just the forwards. In the second half there was a good opportunity for Matias Vecino that Mirante deflected for a corner
2019 12 11 Retrieve
[Conte admits Intermilan had chances to beat Barcelona before Ansu Fati ‘killed’ Champions League hopes] We had the chances to win the game, we created those opportunities, but lacked that clinical edge to convert them. I have no complaints to make, as my players gave their all. We just lacked a goal and instead conceded at the other end to go 2-1 down, which really killed us. Watching that Ansu Fati goal is painful, as it killed us in every way. We were pushing, creating the chances to score and go 2-1 up. I was also disappointed for the fans in San Siro, as they pushed us from start to finish and created a wonderful atmosphere. It should’ve ended differently. I think we deserved more in this group. Still, I think it’s all valuable experience. We wanted to qualify, so there is disappointment from everyone right now, but as I told them, we have to raise our heads again
We are sad, but we have no regrets because we did everything we possibly could in order to qualify. There’s no point looking back now. We have to focus on the future and the games we have coming up. Difficulties should make us stronger, but obviously for now it’s a fresh wound
2020 01 10 Retrieve
[Conte reveals he tried to sign Ibrahimovic for Chelsea] First of all, I want to say welcome back Ibra. He is a great champion. I tried to get him when I was at Chelsea. I have a lot of respect for him, he has lots of personality after having a tough upbringing - he is a great player. I think he can give AC Milan a lot. His personality will help Milan, he will help the others grow. I think it is important for coaches to have players who lead the way, players who know what you want and lead the team. I think this is vital for a coach to have in a team. When a coach has those players then things are a lot easier
[Conte was not forthcoming regarding potential new arrivals] I have said in the past that I will not talk about it. It is pointless asking me these questions. I don’t want to be rude, but I will not talk about the transfer market. That is something for the club, not me. The January transfer window is always a bit peculiar. One must also be smart and understand that there can be many voices [publications]. The right weight must be given, but for us coaches it is a difficult month to handle certain situations. Sometimes untrue news comes out and you find yourself having to prepare a game while untrue rumours come out, but football is also this, you have to face this and be smart
2020 01 12 Retrieve
[Conte shuts down Arturo Vidal talk as he bemoans Inter injuries] I am not talking about players who are not part of the Inter squad. I faced this game without four key players. Atalanta are intense, with a lot of physical force. We did everything we could to try and win the game. The lads are exceptional. Today we had Nicolo Barella suspended, Matias Vecino with a calf problem. I’m trying to get Alexis Sanchez back in shape but in my view we are giving everything in a very difficult situation
[Stefano Sensi eased Conte’s concerns in that sense] I am happy because Stefano Sensi did 70 minutes in a very intense game, he will slowly come back up to speed. We continue to work, the ranking [in the table] must not deceive us
2020 01 12b Retrieve
[Inter manager Antonio Conte has declared he isn’t crazy not to play Alexis Sanchez, stressing the Chilean attacker still isn’t fit enough to play] You mention Sanchez - well gentlemen, players must be fit to play. I am not crazy. So, either I am a moron, or I want to hurt myself. I believe one plus one equals two. If you make one plus one equal five […] If I put someone out of our line-up it is for a reason. It is not about performing a hara-kiri or because I am a mad man
I faced this game without four key players. Atalanta are intense, with a lot of physical force. We did everything we could to try and win the game. The lads are exceptional. Today we had Nicolo Barella suspended, Matias Vecino with a calf problem. I’m trying to get Alexis Sanchez back in shape but in my view we are giving everything in a very difficult situation
2020 01 15 Retrieve
[On the team following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta, which saw Inter drop two points behind Serie A champions Juventus in the race for the Scudetto] I’m really pleased, it was a great response from the lads. Even from those who’ve played less of late and those who were coming back from injury.
I’m happy for Nicolo Barella, who is recovering after his injury and he was one of our starters today, as was Alexis Sanchez. He is an important player for us and slowly he’ll get back to his best. I’m also pleased for Borja Valero, who proved himself once again today, as well as Valentino Lazaro, Federico Dimarco and Andrea Ranocchia, who haven’t had many chances so far but all played really well.
There’s real harmony among this group, they are a great bunch of lads that want to do well. I’m really pleased to be working with them. We rounded off an important first half of the season in the league, picking up 46 points despite our difficulties and they have now left us in a strong position. The second half of the campaign won’t be easy but we’ve started on our journey and we want to keep growing, maintaining the right amount of patience to bring everything together
2020 01 15b Retrieve
[Conte insists Inter don’t have big money to spend amid Christian Eriksen & Ashley Young rumours] There is not much money, the director has been clear. We must be good at finding situations that can bring us benefits. We must find cheap opportunities, otherwise I see it being hard. The ideas are there, if there is the possibility, we will improve. What you can’t get with money you have to get with intelligence and wit.
We have made an important first step. We have faced serious problems and despite this, we have gained 46 points. The second half of the season will be difficult, we know it, there will still be a lot of room to fight and to grow. The most important thing about this course was the feeling that was created between me and the boys and the fact that they fully embraced my project
2020 01 18 Retrieve
[Conte labels transfer window a ‘virus’ as he shrugs off Mourinho dig over Eriksen pursuit] This is the most difficult period of the season for a coach, because there are constantly names in the papers, some stories that are true, others that aren’t. The transfer window is like a potential virus that we must contain
Young has just arrived, so it’s unthinkable to suggest he’d come with us to Lecce. He will start training and we’ll work towards next week against Cagliari. Ashley is super experienced and played both on the right and left at Manchester United. He was born a winger, but can play as the fifth in a midfield. He hadn’t played much recently in the Premier League, so will take a little while to get into shape
[And in response to Mourinho questioning Inter’s respect for Tottenham amid their ongoing pursuit of Eriksen] It’s the usual. Jose and I know each other, it’s not a problem
[quizzed on a proposed swap deal with Roma, with Leonardo Spinazzola seemingly nailed on for a switch with Matteo Politano heading the other way] I made a technical decision for the Spinazzola-Politano transfer. That’s all I can say. After that, other things happened that are not under my purview, so you’d have to ask someone else. I was asked for my opinion, I gave it, that can be listened to or not. Matteo already had his heart set on Roma and he wanted to stay there
2020 01 25 Retrieve
[Conte bites back at transfer critics amid Eriksen & Giroud talk] Some of these players haven’t been active for a while, so we must give them time to get into shape. This team overall lacks experience and doesn’t have the ingredients that allow you to win despite laying off the accelerator. We have to always be going at full speed. For now, we have brought in Young to cover for Kwadwo Asamoah’s injury and Moses on loan because Valentino Lazaro left. We are trying to reinforce various areas of the team. You in the media seem to act as if we just signed half of Real Madrid, but that’s not the right message. It’s an emergency situation tomorrow, because Antonio Candreva is suspended, so it’s possible Young will start
[Conte has also sought to defend his tactical approach at Inter] Our idea is always to go on the attack, even when we score the first goal. We must try to score another goal and not just defend the one we have. The fact that we considered a draw away to Lecce to be a negative result shows how much Inter have advanced compared to past seasons. We must keep our feet on the ground, remain humble and accept that draw in the right way. People continue to ignore me when I say we are starting a journey, but we have achieved credibility in these six months and that is positive. We mustn’t lose sight of reality
2020 01 26 Retrieve
[Furious Inter boss Conte made his displeasure known to the referee at full-time in 1-1 draw with Cagliari] The draw certainly wasn’t down to the referee - we only complained because he didn’t blow for fouls on our forwards, but always did for theirs. But we don’t want to point fingers at anyone but ourselves. We lacked clarity and should have killed the game off earlier because we had plenty of chances to make it 2-0
2020 01 28 Retrieve
[Antonio Conte is a coach who is so obsessed with his players being in peak physical condition that he even offers them sex tips] Short spells, with the minimum of effort and use positions where they are under their partners. And preferably with their wives, because then you don’t have to put in an exceptional performance!
[When Conte doesn’t have transitional style of football he craves, he lashes out at his bosses] Big mistakes were made in planning this season. I don’t care about January or February. We should’ve planned this season out much, much better. We proved that we can trouble anyone if we are on form, but there are players who have played non-stop. We cannot play in Serie A and the Champions League constantly pushed to the limits. I am really p*ssed off, because we cannot do more than this. I am just fed up saying the same thing over and over. I hope a director comes out and says something instead
[He felt he simply didn’t have sufficient strength in depth to rotate his players regularly in order to keep them fresh enough] The draw stems from the fact that we must always go at 200 [kilometres] an hour. We are not a team that manages to bring home the victory going at an average speed. When we can’t get to the maximum, we are a normal team
[During that remarkable rant at Signal Iduna Park, an exasperated Conte asked] We are talking about players who, apart from Diego Godin, have never won anything. Who do we turn to? Nicolo Barella who has come from Cagliari? Or Stefano Sensi, who came from Sassuolo?
2020 01 30 Retrieve
[Antonio Conte was reluctant to introduce Christian Eriksen for his Inter debut so soon] We did not intend to use Eriksen so soon, as he only started training with us yesterday, but Matias Vecino and Barella were the only available midfielders. Eriksen has character and raises the quality level of the squad. I hope to get more players back, because we really are limited in the middle. We tried a system with a trequartista today to deal with the absence of Stefano Sensi and Marcelo Brozovic. Eriksen can play in a few different roles, and we’ll see - it could be an option, but we need to work on it a lot more. We were rather forced into using the three strikers together because I found out about the problems in midfield
2020 02 01 Retrieve
[Despite seeing Ashley Young, Victor Moses and Christian Eriksen added to his squad during the January window, Conte dismissed the idea that the Nerazzurri now suddenly boast the same strength in depth as Serie A title rivals Juventus] You in the media seem to act as if we just signed half of Real Madrid, but that’s not the right message
2020 02 01b Retrieve
[Conte says Eriksen arrival is a coup for Inter]</b> Eriksen was a great coup for this club as he had so many options to choose from and he chose Inter. That proves Inter are seen the right way and we are all working to ensure the brand maintains this lustre. Eriksen hasn’t been playing very much lately for Spurs, but all told, he is in decent physical shape and is starting to get into our ideas of football. We talked to him a great deal, so he understands what we want from him and fortunately he is a quick learner.
[Asked if the arrivals of Eriksen, Young and Moses will give Inter enough to win the Scudetto] Time will tell. I am happy to work with these players, but they still need to learn the style of football and the language. When the intensive period of the fixture list begins, all we can do is cross our fingers and hope there are no injuries. You all saw what happened in the first five months, as there were players forced to play every three days. I hope to have more options to choose and rotate
[Lautaro Martinez will miss the visit to Udinese as he starts a two-match ban, with Conte confirming 17-year-old Sebastiano Esposito or Alexis Sanchez will partner Romelu Lukaku in attack] Lautaro is a big miss, considering his strong rapport with Romelu Lukaku. It’s an opportunity for those who haven’t played as much to make the most of the situation. Either Sebastiano Esposito or Alexis Sanchez will start. Marcelo Brozovic had his first training session with us yesterday and is coming to Udine, then we’ll evaluate his fitness there. I expect a tough game, as Udinese are a very physical side with strong quality too. It’ll be a hard match, as they all are in Serie A
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[Inter head coach Antonio Conte has defended his record at Chelsea by pointing out he was able to deliver tangible success straight away] At Chelsea, I won the Premier League in the first year and the FA Cup in the second year. Klopp hasn’t won anything yet in England after four years and Guardiola didn’t win anything in his first year
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[Conte satisfied with Eriksen as Lukaku turns focus to Milan derby] I think that for someone who arrived five days ago, and we should not forget we had to rush him in because we were missing several midfielders, Eriksen still made a positive impact. Obviously, he needs to get settled into our style of football and also find the right fitness levels for Serie A, but I am very pleased with his full debut. He will get to learn the positioning we ask of our midfielders, but these are early days and I am satisfied
2020 02 09 Retrieve
[Antonio Conte admits Inter were at risk of a hammering before they came from two goals down to beat Milan 4-2 in the Derby della Madonnina] It was a special night, that’s for sure. The first half saw us in real difficulty, perhaps more than we’ve ever been this season, and there was the risk of a hammering. Instead, we did well to get the balance back, to understand where we had to improve, to have faith in what we were doing and the credit goes to these lads. Aside from the result, I am happy to see them resist under blows and turn it around, as that means they are preparing for something truly important. It’s still very early to talk about something we can for now dream of. We can have a dream
It’s going to be a very intense period for us coming up and, after that, I think we’ll have a better idea of our potential and our real capabilities. We can’t achieve everything from one day to the next, but we are building. These lads proved they have great strength and guts today. I didn’t need to talk much at half-time. I think in difficult situations, you have to be very clear and take responsibility. I had a large share of the responsibility for the fact we were losing 2-0 at half-time. We stayed together, from start to finish, and found our way out of a tough situation. We have to keep this evening in mind, as it will help us be a team in future and deal with similar difficulties
2020 02 13 Retrieve
[Antonio Conte feels Inter’s derby victory over AC Milan took away a lot of nervous energy] The derby took away a lot of energy, especially nervous. I made five changes from Sunday to bring in fresh legs, but Napoli beat Juventus, Lazio and Liverpool this season, so that means they’ve got quality there. I’d say that, after Juventus, Napoli have the most impressive squad in Serie A.
Gennaro Gattuso was smart to sit back, wait and go on the counter. We had the chances and it would’ve been a fair result if we had played out a draw. When you’re up against defensive teams like this, you have to move the ball around faster and create spaces. We are at the start of this journey, so if some think we are at the same level as a side that was at the top for many years, then I say we’re a long way off and have to use these defeats to improve
[Christian Eriksen was again only among the Inter substitutes] He is certainly a player of quality, he needs to rediscover that intensity, seeing as he hasn’t played much in the last six months
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[Conte calls on ‘scared’ Inter to bounce back from Lazio defeat] I think it was a good performance, it’s the result I didn’t like and the way we conceded the two goals, as we gifted them to Lazio. We were not impeccable, but inevitably in these big games, the details become decisive and the margin of error becomes reduced. It’s part of a growth process, there was some naivete and these lads must try to be more relaxed in these situations.
We were too soft on the two goals. We had other situations this season where we had taken the lead and threw points away, for example also Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund [in the Champions League], games we had in our grasp and ended up losing. As I said, this is a growth process and we have to go through it so that we can face every situation the right way. Straight after the restart, it was as if we were scared. That has to improve. The lads worked hard and I thank them for that. We are trying to irritate the teams at the top, it was a ‘head-to-head’ with Lazio and we ought to be proud to have been in this situation in the first place. At the same time, we must improve if we are to continue causing problems up there
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[Antonio Conte says Christian Eriksen is yet to reach peak physical condition after joining Intermilan from Tottenham] I’m happy for him, the goal always gives confidence. Christian just needs to work to find the right physical condition, to find the brilliance of his best moments at Tottenham. He can do even more than what he showed us today, but we are very happy because we know what he can give us
[Inter were again without goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, although deputy Daniele Padelli was completely untested as Ludogorets mustered only a single shot] It is a situation that we monitor day by day. We have confidence in Daniele Padelli, and when he is ready to resume his place, he will. Until then, we continue with Padelli
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[Inter boss Antonio Conte is not concerned about Lautaro Martinez’s head being turned] The boy is fully concentrated. He is doing well and must continue in this way. He has grown a lot over the last year and is only 22. He is committed and I am happy to have him available
Playing on a Thursday makes things difficult as you only have one day to prepare for the next game. It is something we will get used to over time. Sampdoria are in good shape, despite losing last week. We will have to be very focused to get the three points. They have a highly experienced coach in Claudio Ranieri and experienced players like Fabio Quagliarella, who amazes me every year
It depends on the game and the opponent. You can try different things but don’t forget you have to field a balanced team. We will see if this is the right time to do it
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[Conte says Inter had to overcome ‘strange’ atmosphere] I’ve also played behind closed doors with Italy against Croatia. The atmosphere is strange and doesn’t make things easy as it’s like a training session. I have to say that my players took the right approach today, even if we fell behind. We made changes, giving other players some minutes, and now we move on
We started this run of games and there is an important match coming up against Juventus. Once we reach the end of this period, we’ll understand how distant we are from a winning level. I am convinced this will give us more clarity on where we are now, the length of the road ahead of us and the work that still needs to be done
We need to work on the ideas and have had time in training. The postponement of the game with Sampdoria last week gave us time to test out something new, which can be used either at the start of a match or during the 90 minutes. When you have two strikers, it’s inevitably harder work for the midfielders. For those who play with one centre-forward, two wingers or a trequartista, there are more players ready to help cover defensively. We always need to find the right balance depending on the characteristics of the opponents we are up against
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[After Eriksen scored his first goal for Inter last month against Ludogorets, Conte suggested his new signing was still some way from his best form] I’m happy for him, the goal always gives confidence. Christian just needs to work to find the right physical condition, to find the brilliance of his best moments at Tottenham. He can do even more than what he showed us today, but we are very happy because we know what he can give us.
2020 03 15 Retrieve
[Inter boss Conte makes plea amid coronavirus emergency in Italy] Please stay home and respect the rules. That’s the only way to confront this emergency. It’s a difficult and tough moment but if we stick together, we’ll get through it. Don’t give up!
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[Inter boss Antonio Conte believes Lautaro is fully committed to the title-chasing squad that he has pieced together] The boy is fully concentrated. He is doing well and must continue in this way. He has grown a lot over the last year and is only 22. He is committed and I am happy to have him available
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[On the fringes at PSG & unwanted by Inter: Has it all gone wrong again for Icardi?] Icardi is not part of our project. The club has made that very clear
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[Former b92077ee48710449a07b421200ff561d boss Antonio Conte has described N’Golo Kante as one of the best players he has ever coached] In my opinion, he can play in every position in midfield. We are talking about an amazing player, a top player. He is amazing with and without the ball. When you have N’Golo in your team, you can think you are playing with one player more. You can find a smile on his face every day. He is a very positive guy. He is one of the best players I have had in my career as a coach
Generally to be the manager of a top club is not easy. Because when you are in a top club the demands are very high. You must win to keep your job. My experience at b92077ee48710449a07b421200ff561d was amazing. I have great memories about the relationships with the players, fans and also the club. b92077ee48710449a07b421200ff561d is one of the best teams in England in the last 10-15 years. They won a lot of trophies. It is normal when you arrive at such a club that the demands are high but it is normal for a top club
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[Former b92077ee48710449a07b421200ff561d boss Antonio Conte says Lampard can be one of the best managers in the world] I think he is doing a really good job, Frank. This is his second experience after Derby County so to be the coach of a top team is not easy. I think he has the skills and ability to become one of the best managers in the world. He has to continue to work in this way and I wish him the best for the future
I think it was a crucial moment for me and for my team. We lost against Arsenal but in the previous game we lost also against Liverpool. Usually when you are in a top club and you have two defeats in a row it is not an easy moment for you and the club. But it was a crucial moment because I decided to change system and play with a 3-4-3 or 3-4-2-1 with Eden Hazard, Willian or Pedro behind 6c545d8eb160ef5826907611068ade72, and three at the back. I think it was an important moment and we put the pace in for our title in at that moment. The coach must be a tailor and try to find the right suit for your team. After two months working with the players I decided to change formation and to put them in the best situation to exploit their quality. I think I did this and for that reason we won the title and reached the final in the FA Cup
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[Antonio Conte was the man to phase 5965030f3d98738fb5af2d5a0ca12087 out at b92077ee48710449a07b421200ff561d, but the Italian says he cannot thank the Blues legend enough for aiding his cause while calling the shots at Stamford Bridge] It was a great privilege for me to be the coach of a b92077ee48710449a07b421200ff561d legend like 5965030f3d98738fb5af2d5a0ca12087. We are talking about a top man, a really good man and then a top player. He helped me a lot in my first season in and out of the pitch. He was very important in the training ground, during the sessions to keep the concentration standards high
[The current Inter boss added on bringing the curtain down on an iconic career at Chelsea] He decided he wanted this because 26 was his squad number and for me it was a pleasure to give him this opportunity. I will never be able to thank him enough. He was very important for me and our team
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[Antonio Conte felt Inter deserved to reach the Coppa Italia final] Looking at both matches, we deserved much more. In terms of the performance, I have very little to reproach the boys about. This is the football we want to play; we created a lot and were aggressive. Maybe we should have been more clinical in front of goal, but Ospina performed miracles. Their goal was disappointing because it was a careless situation that we could have avoided. But I’m satisfied because we’re on the right path, we controlled the game against a strong Napoli team. My glass is half-full. We created numerous opportunities and had 18 efforts at goal. Ospina was the best player on the pitch. Obviously, we can improve, and we need to be more ruthless in the future, but I don’t have anything to complain about in terms of desire and determination. We did what we’d worked on in training. It’s disappointing for the lads not to qualify for the final because, based on what we did over the 180 minutes, we deserved to do so
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[Conte backs Eriksen to come good and boost Inter’s title charge] I think he’s now found his feet and fully settled here. We are always trying and working on solutions to get the best out of the qualities of the players in the squad. I am pleased with how we have worked over this period
[The Sampdoria fixture is a game in hand for Inter over leaders 6c86d432f3d25eb78036fb567df69c1a and second-placed Lazio] Should we win, we would cut the gap to the top to six points. Then, there are 12 league games to play. Personally, I don’t think the gap is that massive. I have positive feelings. But naturally I need to see the response in matches. We want to give our all in this end of season run-in. We are not ruling anything out. There are no limits to what we can achieve. I think the side has improved in all areas. I am very confident
Claudio Ranieri is an excellent coach. He achieved something extraordinary at Leicester. But he’s also a wonderful person. I’ve been lucky to get to know him and we meet up with our families. I wish him all the best at Sampdoria, but only after they have played us
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[Conte was frustrated that his team did not put the game to bed earlier] When you have the opportunity, you have to kill the opponent. Just look at the game with Napoli: you have the opportunity to win it, it ends 1-1 and you are criticised. Today you had to be bad, determined, cynical…otherwise you get in trouble. It’s not that you suffer, but you go from the possible 3-0 to 2-1, knowing that the game is as vital as they will all be from here to the end
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[Antonio Conte has stressed that Inter are still in the hunt for the Scudetto] This evening, we had no choice but to get the victory so we could close the gap to six points. We fuel the hope that we can achieve something extraordinary. It’s true that we could’ve sealed it earlier by making more of our chances, but instead we conceded at the first Samp attempt and got a little anxious. It was a good performance, anyway. I repeat, it’s not a fitness issue, but when we have scoring opportunities and do not take them, which also happened in the Coppa Italia with Napoli, all it takes is one lucky ricochet and it’s all up for grabs again. I hope these games will help us realise we must kill – in a sporting sense – the opponent and kill the game when we have the chance
[Inter next meet Sassuolo on Wednesday and Conte stressed his side can’t afford to take any game lightly] We’re six points off the top with 12 rounds to go. There’s no margin for error, whereas Lazio and 6c86d432f3d25eb78036fb567df69c1a can have the odd mistake and get away with it. This is why need that ferocity in front of goal, because with a strong lead, we can then relax on the ball.
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[Conte was pleased with how Eriksen had settled at the San Siro but explained he wanted more goals from the Danish playmaker] We had the chance to work with him. We had the time to improve from both physical and tactical point of view. Nowadays he fits our project but he needs to be more decisive because he had many chances to score and he must score. But I am pleased the way he played, as the team, because we are going to play again in three days and those three points will be decisive for us
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[Antonio Conte wants to see Christian Eriksen become more decisive after the midfielder helped Inter to a 2-1 win over Sampdoria] We had the chance to work with him. We had the time to improve from both physical and tactical point of view. Nowadays he fits our project but he needs to be more decisive because he had many chances to score and he must score. But I am pleased the way he played, as the team, because we are going to play again in three days and those three points will be decisive for us
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[Inter coach Conte banned for one match after fifth yellow card] I think we deserved much more considering how much we created, whereas I don’t recall any Samir Handanovic saves. It’s something we keep repeating in this pattern and are paying a heavy price. I am very disappointed and so are the lads. When you play this type of game and put so much into it, you have the chance to win despite the difficulties in the key area of midfield, you have to take home the three points. We didn’t do that, it’s disappointing and troubling. We had the chances to finish it and we didn’t. I don’t know what more we can do other than keep working. I am happy with the performance, we’ve got to be more careful on the details. That is where we can grow and improve
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[The Nerazzurri are now all but out of the Serie A title race after squandering two precious points]</b> I think we deserved much more considering how much we created, whereas I don’t recall any Samir Handanovic saves. It’s something we keep repeating in this pattern and we are paying a heavy price. I am very disappointed and so are the lads. When you play this type of game and put so much into it, you have the chance to win despite the difficulties in the key area of midfield, you have to take home the three points. We didn’t do that - it’s disappointing and troubling.
There are situations where we need to score goals and we are paying for these naive errors. We had the chances to finish it and we didn’t. I don’t know what more we can do other than keep working. I am happy with the performance, we’ve got to be more careful on the details. That is where we can grow and improve. We must try to win all of our remaining matches, regardless of what will happen, because I want the team always aiming for the maximum. I don’t want any regrets, but we have some tonight
When you play for Inter, you’re part of a great team and need to move on immediately. The away trip to Parma is a chance to get back on track. We need to think like a great team. We are focused on winning. Since we’ve been back, we’ve had more opportunities than our opponents. Failing to kill off games has become a problem.
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[Coronavirus: Juventus vs Inter Milan among five Serie A matches to be played behind closed doors] Soccer needs the crowd, to hear the atmosphere around it. That’s the best thing about the game, the atmosphere around the soccer being played. These decisions have been taken with public health in mind but I hope that everything returns to normal as soon as possible