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Chelsea boss Conte tells management hopefuls: Learn in the lower leagues

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte feels ambitious young managers should start their careers in the lower leagues.

Conte won the Champions League with Juventus, but was prepared to begin his coaching career outside of Serie A to learn his trade.

He told chelseafc.com: "Often a player who had a great career thinks they can become a manager quickly.

"But it is one thing to play, and one thing to be a coach. They're totally different. You must try to have the right experience before you can reach a fantastic target.

"For this reason, I preferred to start lower down, and also to have disappointments. When I started, in my first experience as a manager at Arezzo in Serie B, the club sacked me after nine games. Then, they recalled me for the last part of the season. It was very important for me, this experience.

"Whether you work with the best players in the world or lower down, it's always difficult to transfer your footballing philosophy,' adds Conte.

"You have to work a lot on tactics, on analysis videos, on technical aspects, and then you have to work a lot on the mentality of your players. It's about trying to transfer your ideas and your mentality. For a coach, the work is very tough, but at the same time you get great satisfaction when you see your team play in the way you like."

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