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Conte on 'very demanding' Abramovich and Chelsea's 'remarkable' structure in tell-all interview

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In the second season premiere of Sky Italia's interview show "Mister Condò", the guest of honor was none other than former Juventus and Italy national team manager, and current Chelsea head coach, Antonio Conte.

Helpfully transcribed by Football Italia in four parts, Conte talks about his upbringing (playing on the streets, etc.), his early days at Juventus, his coaching days at Juventus, and, lastly, his recent time with Italy at Euro 2016 and transition to Chelsea.

Conte had agreed to return to club management prior to the tournament, feeling disillusioned with international management, and while Italy's run at the Euros rekindled some of those long-lost feelings of family within the camp, Conte threw himself into his new challenge "heart and soul".

We've heard all that before; the interesting part is when he talks about Abramovich and life at Chelsea.

"It was a completely different experience with a foreign club, a big club with totally different players, totally different habits. It was a substantial change in all ways."

"Roman Abramovich is very demanding, but also very passionate about football. He wants to know everything about the sport, he often comes to training sessions, because he wants to understand it."

Something to keep in mind for the next round of scaremongering with "Abramovich spotted at Chelsea training" stories then.

"There is a remarkable structure here and the figure of the manager is totally encompassing. In Italy you are the Coach, you work with various directors of sport. Here the manager is considered a central role who has to make many decisions in many different areas."

"When I arrived at Juventus, I knew the environment. I knew where to look under the rug and find the hidden dirt. Chelsea is totally new to me, so that makes it more difficult."

Chelsea have gone to great lengths to specify Conte's role strictly as "head coach" rather than manager, while Conte himself has talked many times about keeping open and frequent lines of communication with the other decision-makers at the club.  Despite some cause for concern in the summer as Chelsea weren't hitting their transfer targets, so far the relationships seem to be working well.

"There are very talented players here and a team that to a degree is already there. Talent isn't enough, though, and must be coached to become a team. We know that Coaches depend on results, but also that the results don't come without hard work. It's a challenge. It's a different language, I am also on my own, as my wife and daughter are still in Italy."

"I still have the desire to express my ideas. I know it'll be more difficult here, as in Italy we are more accustomed to tactical work, video sessions and lectures on systems, but we're ready to work on that."

-Antonio Conte; source: Sky Italia via Football Italia

Beyond his own personal challenge, this is of course the main theme of Conte's time in charge so far.  Work, work, work, fight, fight, fight.  Improve.  Adapt.  Get better.

The fact that his family remained behind in Italy isn't necessarily that strange — the nature of a football manager's job, by definition, is short term — but so far so good.  A win on Sunday would make things even better.