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'No one supported me, it was Conte against everyone' - Italy coach hits out after Euro 2016 exit

The Azzurri boss took shots at the media following his side’s exit from Euro 2016 but insists he has enjoyed his two years in charge of the national team.

ANTONIO CONTE HIT out at the media over a lack of support as Italy coach after his reign came to an end with their Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Germany.

Italy fought valiantly in their quarter-final in Bordeaux but, following a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time, bowed out in an amazing penalty shoot-out that saw 18 kicks taken and seven missed.

Conte will move on to take over Chelsea ahead of the new season, but he opted to take a few digs over the way he has been treated throughout his tenure.

“I didn’t see anyone alongside me, the media, or anyone, it was always Conte against everyone. I’ve always fought for the interests of the national team, not for myself,” he said.

“If I’m honest I’ve never felt supported by anyone. The president of the Italian federation has always been alongside me but he can only do so much. My decision has been taken, it’s a shame as we have created a family and I hope what we leave can bear fruit.

“I hope in the future we can give more time for the national side. I fought in vain to move the Coppa Italia final as I wanted to work with the players because our only chance of achieving something great, our only hope, was to work as a small war machine.

“I think we have proved that today, and throughout the European Championship.

“I hope that we can really leave a lasting mark in terms of love for the national team and for the shirt. We have tried to put this message across and I hope it’s been conveyed despite our elimination.”

Conte admitted he initially wanted to continue in the job but was excited by the upcoming challenge in England.

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“I have had two wonderful years culminating in this eight-week period and I will never stop thanking everyone as we created a magical atmosphere which came to an end tonight,” he added.

“The decision to leave the national team after a two-year spell was made before the tournament. In November I thought I was continuing, but when I made my decision not to continue with the national team I told the president my decision after which there was a great opportunity to move to Chelsea and I accepted that. Now I have the pleasure to begin this very exciting adventure.

“In a few days’ time the new season will begin and, to be honest, I wouldn’t like to have had a single day’s holiday as that would have meant going forward in the European Championship.

“Now I’ll take seven days off when I will try to shift some of this disappointment for going out of the competition before then taking the reins at Chelsea. I know it will be a difficult challenge but that’s what I relish.”

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