Manager Antonio Conte has revealed the moment he regretted agreeing to join Chelsea.
The Italian led his country at Euro 2016, where they made it to the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Germany.
It was in the moments after the Azzurri went out of the competition that Conte had second thoughts about his earlier decision to sign for the Blues once the tournament was over.
‘Going to coach the national team was a form of respect towards Juventus. In the 50 days we were together with the players on national team (before and during the Euro) we built something unique and extraordinary,’ Conte said while on Sky Sports Italia TV show Mister Condo.
‘A family. When we lost to Germany everyone was crying because we knew the day after we wouldn’t see each other.
Had I not already signed with Chelsea I couldn’t have abandoned the players, there was a moment when I regretted this decision.’
Conte probably doesn’t regret his decision to join Chelsea now, having guided them to three wins in their last three games to keep them challenging at the top of the Premier League.