Conte: You can always get better
Juventus coach Antonio Conte says he still has a lot to learn, despite picking up the Dubai Globe Soccer Award for Coach of the Year 2013 on Sunday.
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The 44-year-old earned the award for guiding the Bianconeri to a second straight Serie A title while also taking them to the quarterfinals of the Champions League in their first season back in European football's elite club competition after a three-year hiatus.
However, they were beaten comfortably by Bayern Munich in the last eight last season while they were eliminated in the group stage this time around, and Conte admits he must work hard to build on his early success.
"I always used to talk to my coaches to understand what they were asking of me and what they wanted me to try to do," he said in quotes reported by the Corriere dello Sport. "When I was about 30, I started giving suggestions to my teammates on the field.
"You can always get better in life and, to do so, you need to have a strong will to work hard. We have a long way to go along the path we've started. We have a winning project that has given us some excellent results in these two years, but we need to carry it forwards and keep it growing. We have this will to work."
Nevertheless, receiving recognition for the work he has done so far is gratifying and makes Conte even hungrier for more awards in future.
"It fills me with pride," Conte said in Dubai. "My first thought goes to my players and I'd like to thank them, the club and the fans of Juve. This trophy gives me the incentive to do even better, and I share it with them.
"We're still disappointed to have gone out of the Champions League for a game that was never really played [in poor conditions against Galatasaray], but after two years in which Juve have grown immensely, we now have the aim of winning something in Europe.
"We have three objectives: the Scudetto, the Coppa Italia and the Europa League. We want to try to win all three of them -- I'm not choosing only one. I've always said that I want to win the Champions League as a coach, and I will succeed."