Conte fights tears in reflecting on former player Astori (video)


Chelsea boss Antonio Conte grew emotional while discussing his former player Davide Astori, who died suddenly overnight at 31.

‘This is a tragedy,” Conte said. “It’s very difficult, at this moment, to find the right words for the family.”

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Serie A postponed all Sunday matches to honor and mourn Fiorentina captain Astori, who Conte led as manager of the Italy national team.

“He was a great player but especially a fantastic guy,” said Conte while fighting back tears. “I stay really close to his family at this moment because he was only 31. It’s very difficult to explain this situation to his wife, his parents and daughter.”