Wednesday 21 February 2018

The best of Antonio Conte's Chelsea unveiling

New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte faced the press for the first time
New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte faced the press for the first time

New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has unveiled to the press at Stamford Bridge on Thursday afternoon.

The former Italy coach spoke in English for the majority of the 30-minute press conference and here, Press Association Sport pick out the best bits.

On John Terry staying on as captain:

"Yes. John Terry is the captain of Chelsea. When he plays, when he doesn't play... You are always the captain. Always.

"He is a captain of this team. He is a great player with a great personality, with great charisma. I like to speak with him because I know that he knows the club, the right spirit to play in this club."

On whether he has a moniker similar to Jose Mourinho's 'Special One' tag:

"I'm not very good, I'm not very good to find a different name for me. I hope that, during the season, I'll leave you (the media) this opportunity to find a new name for me. I hope to be a good name, not a bad name."

On Chelsea finishing 10th last season:

"Last season was a bad season, yes? We all know that: the players, the club. But we must think about the present,...we must stay there at the end of the season, to fight for the title and be there for the Champions League. Chelsea belongs in the Champions League, and we must stay there."

On winning the Premier League this season:

"I felt very emotional coming to Chelsea. It feels incredible to be here. I'm very proud, and I now I've worked very hard to get here.

"I hope the Premier League title winners deserve to have taken the title home come the end of the season. We are under-rated a bit, and might slip under the radar, but I hope there's a small flame flickering here that can hopefully grow into a blazing inferno."

On his early days in the job:

"This is the second day of training in Cobham, no. It's fantastic to work in Cobham. In these two days, I saw the players with the right attitude, with the right behaviour. With a great will to fight for this shirt."

On his tactical approach:

"I think that every manager has his own method, his own philosophy of football and idea of football. I want to transfer my idea to the players, my methods. I think that it's important to work under different aspects, tactical, technical and physical aspects."

On playing 3-5-2 as he did with Italy during Euro 2016:

"When I was in Italy I liked to say, no, that the manager, the coach is like a tailor. A tailor who must build a dress, the best dress for the team.

"You have to respect their characteristics: the talent of the players. Then you decide. In the past, I started my season with the other teams with one idea of football, and then I changed because I saw that these players, or the system of play for these players wasn't good. Three at the back, four at the back... it's not important."

On sending an early message to his players:

"The most important message is that I'm a worker. I like to work. I like to work, and I know only this road to win. To go back, for this club to compete and to get back into the Champions League, to get back to winning the title, I know only this way: work, work, work."

On new signing Michy Batshuayi:

"He's a young player but very strong, with good technique. He uses two feet. Great technique. Great talent. I'm very happy that Batschuayi joined us and I know the club bought a great player for the present and for the future."

On his passion on the touchline:

"I don't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I have a great passion for football, for my team, for my work during the game...I also suffer during games. I want my players to see this, and the fans to see this."

On seeking advice for Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri:

"I will call Claudio Ranieri in the days ahead for some advice, and he's a lovely man. I am clued up on the customs of this country."

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