In English that was surprisingly confident and fluent, the former Italian national team manager, who took his side to the quarter finals on Euro 2016 said: “It is a great pleasure for me to be here. I am very happy – I will work a lot to stay here and I am excited at this moment to start a new season with Chelsea.
“This is a new chapter for my life, my career for me and my family. I’m happy to start and work in a new country, a fantastic country and fantastic league. This league is very difficult, the most difficult in the world, because six or seven teams can win the title. Chelsea is a great team.”
Conte, assured and at ease facing a large audience, refused to label himself either a Special One or a Happy One, saying he would leave it for others to name him at the end of the season.
He said: “I’m a worker. I like to work. I know only that road for this club to get back to compete in Champions League and for the title. I know only this verb. To work, work and work. And I found the right attitude for that here.”