10 interesting facts Chelsea fans should know about Antonio Conte

Sankha Ghosh / 04 April 2016
Antonio Conte the new Chelsea boss from next season

Former Juventus manager, currently with Italy national team Antonio Conte has been confirmed as the new Chelsea manager for next season. Here we have combed through 10 interesting facts about Antonio Conte you should know.

  1. In his first job at Arezzo Antonio Conte was sacked over poor results, reinstated later in the same season, but oversaw relegation to Serie C.
  2. Conte impressed in his early managerial jobs at Bari and Siena, getting both sides promoted to Serie A during his spell in charge.
  3. That earned him the job at Juventus where he won three Seria A titles in the three years he was in charge. He also won two Supercoppa titles and was named Serie A coach of the year in all three of his seasons in Turin.
  4. In 2012, Conte was suspended for 10 months, later reduced to four, for his alleged failure to report two incidents of match-fixing while in charge of Siena.
  5. Conte started his playing career at Lecce but it was with Juventus that he made his name. With over 300 appearances he won five Serie A titles, a Champions League medal in 1996 as well as numerous other cups.
  6. On the international stage, he was a part of the Italian teams that reached the finals of the 1994 World Cup and Euro 2000.
  7. Conte is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with fellow managers. In a row with former Chelsea interim boss Rafa Benitez, the pair became involved in a war of words over whether Juventus or Napoli had spent more on players. This is what Conte said: “We have invested 25 million euros in our team, they have spent more than 100. They have spent in one year what we have spent in three, but they are 17 points behind us and out of Europe. People need to get their facts right and not spread misleading messages. I hope Benitez will check his calculations.”
  8. Conte’s fearsome credentials as a motivational speaker have been captured on camera. Before a Serie A trip to Palermo in April 2012, the highly-rated tactician was seen riding up his title-chasing team, who were at that time unbeaten in 31 league matches, during a training session. “We’re being praised and that gives me the creeps, because I fear it will make some of you relax,” he further said, fixing his intense gaze on each one of his players in turn. “You want to win the title? You’ll have to spit blood right to the very end of the final match of the season.” Juve would win in Sicily and they soon claimed the championship, avoiding defeat until November.
  9. While discreet about his private life, Conte has spoken publicly of his love for his wife Elisabetta Muscarello and their daughter Vittoria – the motivating forces behind his career. Conte met ‘Betta’ when he was only 21 years old but the pair did not marry until June 2013. In Conte’s eyes, the many glories of his life in football pale in significance when compared to the victory – ‘vittoria’ in Italian – of bringing a child into the world.
  10. The Italian’s reportedly number-one transfer target is already a Premier League club’s asset. No, he is not chasing Sergio Aguero, Mesut Ozil or Riyad Mahrez – but instead, an Italian winger who is really struggling at Sunderland. Emanuele Giaccherini, who won two Serie A titles under Conte, is excelling while on loan with Bologna and his former manager is said to be keen to take him to Stamford Bridge in a cut-price deal.

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