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Del Piero wants Conte back

Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero wants Antonio Conte to be the head coach of Italy’s national team once again

There have been speculations about Antonio Conte’s future, based on rumours suggesting a bad relationship between him and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic, and on possible replacement for Vincenzo Montella at AC Milan to mention a few.

Another factor that would make Conte’s return possible is Italy’s performance in the recent World Cup qualifiers. Gian Piero Ventura’s team have to overcome a 1-0 deficit to Sweden if they want to participate.

Del Piero admitted he wants his former team-mate to have another shot at coaching the national team.

“He did great with Juve of course and a great job with the national team,” Del Piero told Sport360.

“We would love to have him back in Italy, of course, because he is a great coach. He would improve any team, and this is what he did with Chelsea last season and what he did with Juve as well.”

The former striker wished Conte good luck, saying he hopes one day the coach can take over Italy again.

“We had some problems and he fixed it, then won the title. He has some amazing qualities and that’s why he’s coaching the best teams in the world. I hope he will have a great period with Chelsea and then maybe one day come back.”

The biggest problem with Italy’s national team now is their inability to score. The world champions of 2006 haven’t scored more than one goal in a match since June.

When asked about Italy’s goal scoring problem, Del Piero said it’s only a mental concern for their strikers.

“[Ciro] Immobile seems to be scoring every week. He’s amazing for that, so Ventura has real options. He has [Lorenzo] Insigne and [Antonio] Candreva on the right side so I don’t think we have a problem with the options in attack.”

“There is no forward who is not playing well but the problem is maybe mentality,” Del Piero explained.