Conte aiming for the extraordinary

Italy manager Antonio Conte believes they can achieve the extraordinary at Euro 2016 after beating Belgium 2-0 in their Group E opener on Monday.

The Azzurri saw off the challenge of one of the tournament favourites at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, with Emanuele Giaccherini opening the scoring on 32 minutes before Graziano Pelle sealed victory in stoppage time.

Red Devils boss Marc Wilmots criticised the Italians for not playing "real football" on the night, but Conte was encouraged with the performance of his players and feels the losing Euro 2012 finalists could finally triumph this year if they stick together.

The victory took Conte's side top of their group after the Republic of Ireland and Sweden played out to a 1-1 draw a few hours earlier.

"It was a good game, played in the right way and prepared well. The lads knew how to suffer under pressure," the 46-year-old told Rai Sport.

"We played against a very strong side who are among the favourites to win the tournament. When there is this kind of unity, we can do great things.

"We haven't achieved anything yet, but we hope to reach the point these lads deserve. I care that we are a team, nothing else. I have 23 talented lads who are happy with each other.

"You have to do the extraordinary and not the ordinary if you want to achieve your dreams."

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