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Ventura to build on Conte's reign to take Italy to the top

FLORENCE, Italy (AP) New Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura hopes to build on the foundations of Antonio Conte's reign as he looks to take the Azzurri back to the top again.

Conte left for Chelsea in the offseason after guiding Italy to the quarterfinals of the European Championship.

Ventura says on Monday, "Conte's team was based on organization, team spirit, and compactness. If we add some details we can once again be one of the main challengers."