Conte happy with effort but not with Italian clubs

Antonio Conte is delighted with the progress Italy are making during his tenure following the 1-0 friendly win over Albania on Tuesday.

Just 48 hours after a 1-1 Euro 2016 qualifier draw against Croatia, Italy extended their unbeaten start under Conte thanks to an 82nd-minute header from substitute Stefano Okaka on debut.

It was far from a convincing performance, with Albania impressing, and they were only denied from taking the lead by the woodwork after Sokol Cikalleshi's fierce 30-yard effort in the 38th minute.

But given the short turnaround, Conte - who is unhappy with the lack of support he is getting from Italian clubs - was content with the performance.

"We've won five of our six games [that Conte has been in charge for] and drew one," Conte told RAI Sport.

"Some might sneer, but my lads want to play and to get into the Nazionale [national team].

"We just have to keep working.

"I very much liked the effort of the lads, as in a day and a half we prepared against an Albania side that played its first choice team.

"We proved that if we want to, we can achieve anything."

Conte expressed his annoyance with Serie A clubs, who he feels are not helping the national team spend time together.

"This requires patience, as it is not a good moment for Italian football, but even then, we won five and drew one," he added.

"We will try to work, to have a few meetings to understand the situation in general. 

"I need to work with these lads, as being without them for four months is a problem.

"If the Nazionale comes at the bottom of the pile, then at least let's state that and everyone can take responsibility for that situation."