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Antonio Conte facing up to Italy challenge

Antonio Conte knows he faces a challenge to adapt to coaching at international level due to the lack of time he can spend with the players.

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Conte was appointed Italy head coach last month after ending his successful spell at Juventus, in which he guided the Turin giants to three successive Serie A titles.

The former Italy midfielder has made an impressive start to his new job, masterminding a friendly victory over Netherlands and then a 2-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win against Norway in Oslo.

But having achieved success at club level, Conte is now getting used to spending a limited amount of time on the training ground with his squad.

"There are many differences [between coaching Juventus and Italy]," said the former Juve midfielder.

"In a club you can work every day with your players, whilst with the national team, if you are lucky you can have them for nine to 10 days a month.

"It's a challenge with myself to transmit my ideas in such a short time."

Italy failed to progress beyond the group stage at the World Cup under Cesare Prandelli, but Conte is determined to ensure the 2006 world champions become a force on the international stage once again.

"We are trying to get back on track after a disappointing World Cup, we are very motivated to drive Italy to where it belongs." he added.

"It's a very difficult [Euro 2016 qualification] group. It's important we started well winning in Norway. We know it's going to be a long journey, but we want to do well."

The 45-year-old overlooked Mario Balotelli when he named his first squad, but has given his backing to the controversial striker's decision to join Liverpool.

"It's always important Italian players go to a foreign country, but besides Balotelli we have other players in a foreign league. I think it's important," Conte continued.

The Italy coach, who vowed to "look at everybody" for selection, also revealed that he will call-up Andrea Pirlo for the qualifier against Azerbaijan next month if the talismanic midfielder recovers from a hip injury.

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