It is no secret that if the Italian football federation could appoint any Gian Piero Ventura successor they wanted, the chosen one would be Antonio Conte. The Chelsea manager though, ruled out the possibility of return to his country’s national team, at least at this point.
For now, I am very focused on doing my best for Chelsea, and my only focus now is to try to create a good structure at Chelsea. I want to create a good basis with this team, we won last season but we know very well there is a lot of work to do, and I am very focused on Chelsea and totally committed to the club
the Italian said in the Press conference ahead of Chelsea’s game at West Brom. As for how he feels about Italy not being in the World Cup finals;
My feeling is the same as any Italian person. First of all, I am very sad. This is a big stop for our football movement. After 60 years and you miss the World Cup. You know very well the importance of football in Italy. Football is at the top of the interest of every single person in Italy
Conte said. He added a very interesting line though, talking about Ventura’s successor, implying that things at the Italian federation don’t work in an… ideal way.
If you find a manager and you don’t put him in the job in the best way to change something, then it is not enough to change only the manager. You must also put this person in the best condition to change something, not for them to find a lot of obstacles in their way
the Chelsea manager said, having personal experience as Italy coach, as he was the one at the helm before Ventura took over.