Antonio Conte has explained that his exit from Juventus earlier this summer was the natural conclusion on their three-year relationship together.
The 45-year-old agreed to split with the Bianconeri just two days into pre-season this summer, to end three years of success together.
Now back in work with the Italian national team, his presentation as CT inevitably saw discussion turn to how things ended with the Old Lady.
“Everything has been written. I can only say that after three years I had come to the end of a relationship,” Conte reflected to reporters.
“In the past 35 days I have read very little, whilst there have been many assumptions about my exit from Juventus.
“Now I can say that after three years of a journey that was beautiful, intense and successful, we had come to a natural conclusion.
“We tried for another month or two, but both myself and the club realised that it was impossible to go forward.”
On Juventus still, Conte was asked how many Scudetti the club have won and for comment on his ban served whilst with the club for alleged involvement in the 2011-12 Calcioscommesse scandal.
“After my sentence for the betting, I repeat that for me it was an unfair punishment, I paid for it with pain and I think that the Federation made a mistake.
“But, it also helped me to grow, on a human level. Being here is the best answer.
“How many Scudetti have Juve won? I remember with great joy the eight that I have won, five as a player and three as a Coach.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!