Former Juventus manager Antonio Conte feels that he is not getting the right amount of support that is needed from the Serie A clubs. Although, Conte was happy as his side edged Albania 1-0 in a friendly, he was discontent about the limited time given to him with the Azzuri.
“It requires patience to grow as it is not a good moment for Italian football, but even then, we won five and drew one.” Conte told RAI Sport.
“We will try to work, to have a few meetings and to understand the situation in general.
“I need to work with these lads, as being without them for four months is a problem.
“If the national team comes at the bottom of the pile, then at least let’s state that and everyone can take responsibility for that situation.”
After a failed World Cup where Italy failed to even qualify for the latter stages, Conte was appointed boss replacing Cesare Prandelli. Conte has brought in a new atmosphere of competition within the squad and led the Azzuri to an undefeated run of six games.
“We’ve won five of our six games,”
“Some might sneer, but my lads want to play and to get into the national team. We just have to keep working.
“I very much liked the effort of the lads, as in a day and a half we prepared against an Albania side that played its first choice team.
“We proved that if we want to, we can achieve anything.”
Although Italy’s performance against Albania was stocky and lacked lusture, the Azzuri extended their unbeaten start under Conte thanks to an 82nd-minute header from substitute Stefano Okaka.
As it stands Italian football has succumbed to the shadows, failing to make its mark in two consecutive World Cups while failing to pump a Serie A team into the business end of the Champions League, Italian Football has suffered a very sad demise in recent years – ever since the calciopoli scandal of 2006.
However, former Juventus manager Antonio Conte, who led the bianconneri to three consecutive scudettos might be looking to recreate his magic for the national side.
Conte is known for his tactical flexibility, and although he loves a three men defense system like every Italian, he is also considerate about playing the Azzuri in a four men defensive juggernaut.
Andrea Pirlo was a major absentee in Italy’s recent endeavors against Albania and Croatia. The Midfield Maestro, was highly missed as Italy failed to create chances.
Although Conte is happy with the progress made by Italy under him, he feels that the time he gets to spend with the players is too less and that could be a major problem if Italy are to challenge for trophies once again.