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Monday June 15 2015
Conte: ‘Never thought of leaving’

Italy CT Antonio Conte insists ‘I never considered the idea of leaving’ but admits he’s had ‘difficult moments’.

The former Juventus Coach took over the Azzurri job this summer, but has been the subject of resignation rumours almost from day one.

However, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s friendly with Portugal, Conte is adamant he never thought of walking away.

“I never considered the idea of leaving,” the former midfielder said in a Press conference.

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Sunday June 14 2015
Pelle: 'Conte motivates me'

Graziano Pellè explained how Italy Coach Antonio Conte “really motivates me to always do better.”

The Southampton striker spoke to Rai Sport ahead of Tuesday’s international friendly against Portugal.

“If Conte is happy, then we all benefit from that, so we’re pleased that he enjoyed the performance in Croatia,” said Pellè of that 1-1 draw.

“The Coach first tells you that you’ve done well, then straight after adds that you can give more. This really motivates me to always do better.”

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Sunday June 14 2015
New Italy impressed Immobile

Italy’s new 4-3-3 formation impressed Ciro Immobile and he hopes to start against Portugal on Tuesday.

The Azzurri drew 1-1 with Croatia in Friday’s Euro 2016 qualifier and will face Portugal in a Geneva friendly.

“It’s the last game of the season and we want to end the year well. It’s important because we are unbeaten under Antonio Conte and want to maintain that record,” said Immobile in a Press conference.

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Saturday June 13 2015
Future Italy needed now

In Croatia it became clear Italy need to follow 4-3-3, but Susy Campanale writes fresh faces have waited long enough.

A new Italy was born in Split, as Antonio Conte’s shouts echoed around the empty Stadion Poljud. The result was 1-1 and there were some extremely shaky moments, but overall a huge leap forward from the last time they faced Croatia back in November.

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Saturday June 13 2015
El Shaarawy thanks Conte and Milan

Stephan El Shaarawy thanked Antonio Conte for his Italy recall and welcomed Jackson Martinez to Milan.

The Little Pharaoh had the ball in the net during a 1-1 draw with Croatia on Friday night, but it was incorrectly ruled offside.

“The whole game was affected by that incident, but we came here to play against a quality side like Croatia on level terms and we did it.

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Friday June 12 2015
Conte: 'Italy deserved more'

Antonio Conte was impressed with Italy’s new 4-3-3 system in Croatia, but irritated at the controversial goal.

The Azzurri secured a 1-1 result in Split for their Euro 2016 qualifier, remaining two points behind Croatia in Group H.

“I think we put in a good performance with character and courage. I am happy, but we know there’s work to be done,” the Coach told Rai Sport.

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Thursday June 11 2015
Conte: 'Pirlo in 4-3-3'

Antonio Conte said he’s learned from a year as Italy Coach, hinted at 4-3-3 against Croatia and Andrea Pirlo “will start.”

The Euro 2016 qualifier will be played behind closed doors in Split on Friday evening and only two points separate the teams in Group H.

“A year of experience as Italy Coach teaches you that a national team is very different to a club and you have to make the most of what you have,” said Conte in his Press conference.

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Thursday June 11 2015
Conte: 'Italy system irrelevant'

Antonio Conte shrugged off tactical questions ahead of a qualifier in Croatia and won’t discuss Andrea Pirlo’s Italy future.

The Azzurri are currently two points behind Croatia in Euro 2016 qualifying Group H and tomorrow’s game will be played behind closed doors due to previous crowd trouble.

“This is a game between two teams who are tipped to reach the final phase of the tournament, but there is a third wheel in the form of Norway,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

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Thursday June 11 2015
Conte announces Italy squad

Antonio Conte has announced his Italy squad for tomorrow’s Croatia match, without Marco Verratti and Daniele De Rossi.

The midfield pair were forced to pull out of the squad with injury, and will not make the trip to Split for the Euro 2016 qualifier.

Francesco Acerbi, Giacomo Bonaventura and Alessandro Matri have also been left out, after taking part in the training camp at Coverciano.

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Wednesday June 10 2015
Marchisio: ‘Berlin not a one-off’

Claudio Marchisio insists Juventus’ Champions League final was not a one-off, but admits it will be ‘difficult’ to go that far again.

The Bianconeri reached the final in Berlin, and though they were ultimately beaten 3-1 by Barcelona, the Italian international looks at the positives.

“Was it a one-off? No, but it will be difficult,” Marchisio told journalists at a Press conference while on Italy duty.

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