With Antonio Conte as manager, Juventus was nearly unstoppable in Serie A.
In 2012, during his first season with the Zebras, Conte was awarded the acclaimed Trofeo Maestrelli, given to top Italian managers across the world.
The former Juve great led his side to three consecutive league titles, and multiple other accomplishments including a Coppa Italia appearance, Derby d’Italia wins and a Europa League semifinal appearance.
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Suddenly, amid all of his success, Conte resigned and left Turin at the 2013-14 season’s conclusion. He set his sights on a new challenge that surfaced in August, when the Italian FA hired Conte as the new manager of the national team.
Since then, Italy has been unbeaten in their past six matches, and the legend of the 45-year-old’s managerial abilities continues to persist.
Controversy, though, flared up a few days ago.
Football Italia reported that Conte was livid at Serie A clubs after they would not release their players for Azzurri training. He was supposedly eyeing resignation because of this incident.
In a press conference today, Conte noted that this information was incorrect, and said he would “never” contemplate the idea of exiting his current post.
“I never floated the idea of leaving the national team and I never will,” he said, via Goal.com.
“As a child, everyone dreams of playing in Serie A and then the national team – I managed that. And now I’m coaching the national team. I’m proud of that.
“It’s a great honour to be Italy coach. Now the dream is to win with the national team.”
Conte can actualize the dreams of Italians across the world by putting together an magnificent run at the 2018 World Cup, and with his team’s current stretch of play, the Blues have begun to shore up past weaknesses.