By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The Serie A champions romped to an easy win over Chelsea on Tuesday thanks to goals from Arturo Vidal, Fabio Quagliarella, and Sebastian Giovinco. Defeat at the hands of Conte's team was the final nail in the coffin for Di Matteo, who was shown the Stamford Bridge exit a day after.
While Conte felt sorry for his compatriot's dismissal, he told La Gazetta dello Sport that the victory was a move in the right direction for Juventus.
"It's a huge step forward, despite the doubts from some quarters about how we might fare in Europe. We've provided ourselves with some big answers, but we know we aren't through yet," Conte stated.
"Di Matteo? I'm sorry he's been sacked, he pulled off an immense achievement last season."
The Bianconeri manager went on to explain why he considered it vital for his team to progress past the group stages of the Champions League.
"Could we be the surprise package of this season's Champions League? It's too early to say but getting through to the next round is crucial, from a financial point of view, for ourselves and also for the UEFA ranking. The gap is increasing between a struggling Italy and the rest of Europe, which is on the rise," Conte said.
"It helps if you have players of a certain calibre like PSG, Real, Barcelona and Chelsea do, but it's not enough. Teams such as Juve and Borussia Dortmund have to tackle these powerhouses with ideas, intelligence, energy, passion and organisation."
Juventus travel to the San Siro for a highly anticipated clash against AC Milan in their Serie A fixture this weekend.