Antonio Conte: I'm much stronger than anyone can think of, as he speaks about his decision to move to EPL 2 years ago

Antonio Conte has been speaking about the different challenges managers face when they choose to go and work abroad, as well as the fantastic opportunities which open up.


Now approaching the end of his second season in charge at Stamford Bridge, Conte said his decision to move to England from his native Italy is one which has proved hugely beneficial, both professionally and personally, but naturally there are also difficulties, as he explained. ‘To move yourself and go to another country is great,’ said the Italian. ‘To work in England and see different habits, a different language and culture, for me and my family it’s been very important, that’s the best part of our job that we have to exploit. ‘Only in this type of job can you consider these opportunities. For sure, your family live your job. Not with the same pressure, it’s normal that you bring your mood home, but it’s great to have this experience as a coach. ‘I’m enjoying this experience a lot and for me, and every coach who has the possibility to work in another country, it’s a great opportunity, but I can tell you it’s not simple because you have to understand quickly and adapt yourself. ‘For example, in Italy we have different habits and cultures, different ways of having training sessions. I’m enjoying it a lot but at the same time it’s not easy to go to another country and bring your idea of football. If you want to manage the players it’s simple, everyone can do this, but to bring your idea of football is not simple. Now I’m stronger as a coach and manager than I was when I was coach of Juventus and Italy.’ Thursday’s game at Burnley was Conte’s 100th in charge of the Blues, and his players marked the occasion by producing an impressive display, eventually running out 2-1 winners thanks to Victor Moses’ 69th-minute strike. The result means Conte has now won 65 of his first 100 matches at the helm. Of all the managers in our history, only Jose Mourinho has won more at the same stage. ‘I can do better, that’s my mentality,’ said Conte. ‘We are talking about a great manager but don’t forget the first 100 games with Mourinho were many years ago. Now it’s not so simple to have this type of result at this moment. I’m pleased but for sure we can do better. ‘There are different eras in the history of a club. I won a title with Juventus after two seventh-placed finishes. When you win in this way it’s a great achievement, not a simple achievement. Last season we won the title after a 10th-placed finish. When you win in this way it’s a great, great achievement, not a simple one, or just because your name is Chelsea and in the past you won many titles. You have to see the situation and the year you are going through.’

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