Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is set to face his first Boxing Day in England, where the clubs do not have a winter break in contrast with Serie A teams.
The Italian manager told the club’s official website: “I heard of this situation in England, and I heard a lot of coaches being disappointed to not stop to have a winter break, above all in the national team,”
“I remember Capello always saying the lack of winter break penalised the national team a lot. It’s very difficult to answer, but the atmosphere to play in this period is very difficult to find in another period, and it’s fantastic”.
How does Conte usually celebrate Christmas? In London or elsewhere?
“My wife and my daughter have arrived to prepare to celebrate Christmas in my house with my brothers and my parents - Conte added - This is very good. This is the first experience for me and in my family to work and play football. I think it can be and I hope it will be a fantastic experience”.
“It’s very strange for us because in this period we are used to being on holiday. Sometimes we went to Lecce, sometimes we stayed in Torino. Once we went to Dubai”.
Then Conte ended: “You have to celebrate Christmas with the family, that’s the most important. It’s not important where you stay but it’s important to stay together”.