Turin return evoked 'strong emotions' for Conte

Following a week of strained relations with former club Juventus, Italy coach Antonio Conte described his return to Turin as "emotional".

Italy coach Antonio Conte says his return to Turin prompted "very strong emotions", despite a week of strained relations with former club Juventus.

Conte has been subjected to death threats for the alleged role played by his training methods in a knee injury suffered by Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio.

Marchisio's injury was subsequently found to be not as serious as first thought, but the incident represented a dark episode in Conte's relationship with the club with whom he won silverware as both a player and a manager.

However, following Italy's 1-1 draw with England at Juventus Stadium, Conte was in a positive mood.

"For me the return to Turin brought up very strong emotions," he told Sky Sport Italia. "It was a dip into a beautiful and important past. I cannot forget."

Graziano Pelle headed Italy in front before Andros Townsend rescued the draw with a superb 79th-minute strike.

"We had chances against a strong team but I am happy because I had the chance to see some good work from my players," he added. 

"[Debutant Mirko] Valdifiori was a prime example of the commitment and determination of a young man.

"In the second half, tiredness took over and this made concede, rather than score ourselves."