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Antonio Conte joined Chelsea in 2016, after guiding the Italian national team to the quarterfinals of the 2016 European Cup.

Having never managed outside the shores of his native Italy, the former Juventus manager moved to Chelsea and has now spent two years in England.

Conte’s job as Chelsea manager is unsure at the moment, but the Italian appreciates his time in England and admits it has made him stronger.

“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.”

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