The fiery Italian became Jose Mourinho’s permanent replacement over the summer when he agreed to move to Stamford Bridge.
It meant he would step down from the Italian national team who he had build a strong bond with during Euro 2016.
“Had I not already signed with Chelsea I couldn’t have abandoned the players”
And after they were knocked out of the competition by Germany, Conte wished he hadn’t agreed to join the Blues.
Conte told Sky Italia: “Going to coach the [Italian] national team was a form of respect towards Juventus.
“In the 50 days we were together with the players on national team (before and during the Euros) we built something unique and extraordinary. A family.
“When we lost to Germany everyone was crying because we knew the day after we wouldn’t see each other.
“Had I not already signed with Chelsea I couldn’t have abandoned the players, there was a moment when I regretted this decision”.
Conte takes his side to Southampton today looking for a win that would take them up to fourth.