It was Trappatoni who signed the 21-year-old for Juventus in 1991, and who stuck by him during a first year when Conte admits he was overawed.
Legendary coach Trappatoni, won six Serie A titles with Juve and a European Cup in a glittering managerial career which also saw him coach the likes of Bayern Munich, Benfica and the Republic of Ireland.
Conte said: “He has been very important for me. When I arrived at Juventus I was only 21 – you find yourself close to players who were your idols, like Stefano Tacconi, Toto Schillaci, Roberto Baggio. I was afraid. But in those moments Trapattoni was a father for me.
“In the end I had 13 years at Juventus. I was captain, winning a lot and losing a lot. Four Champions League finals – one win and three lost. Europa League – one won and one lost. The Italian Cup, one won and two lost.
“When you lose, you learn a lot about yourself. That experience is important. I know what players are thinking.”
That first title win as a manager with Juventus in 2012, is so far the best moment of his career.