Antonio Conte: what to expect from the Italian at Chelsea?

Antonio Conte: what to expect from the Italian at Chelsea?
Mar 5, 2016

Chelsea

 

After weeks and weeks of speculation it looks that the current Italian National Team Coach, Antonio Conte is set to take over things at Stamford Bridge in the summer shortly after the Euros in France. Diego Simeone and Massimiliano Allegri along with Conte were also in the race to become the new Chelsea manager but both of them look quite comfortable at their respective clubs, which makes everything in polo position for Conte to become the new Chelsea boss.

Let’s take a look at the playing days of Antonio Conte.
The 46 year old -ex midfielder spent most of his playing career at Juventus winning many domestic trophies with the ”Old Lady”. He went on to make 296 appearances, scoring 29 goals. He missed out in the final of the Champions League three times with Juventus – in 1997, 1998 and 2003. On the International stage, he took runners up medal in 1994 World Cup and 2000 Euros with Italy.

GENOA, ITALY - MARCH 16: Juventus head coach Antonio Conte looks on prior to the Serie A match between Genoa CFC and Juventus at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on March 16, 2014 in Genoa, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

UDINE, ITALY - APRIL 14: Head coach of Juventus Antonio Conte looks on during the Serie A match between Udinese Calcio and Juventus at Stadio Friuli on April 14, 2014 in Udine, Italy. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)

 

Conte has been in management for over a decade now, he took over things at Juventus back in 2011 winning Scudetti three years consecutively. After the decline of Inter and Milan, it was Conte’s Juventus who took the advantage, he went on to make Juventus who people thought would dominate for years to come. While people thought that it was time for ageing Pirlo to say goodbye to football, he showed people why Pirlo played a huge part in his Juventus side.

Conte usually prefers 3-5-2, which is a big question mark in the Premier League. Conte won 3 Seria A titles and 2 Supercoppa Italiana with Juventus, but success never really came for him in Europe. Juventus were a deadly force with him in Italy, unbeatable, but things were not the same for Conte and his men in Europe.

He has done a good job so far for the National team but the ultimate result will come out after his performance in the Euros. Conte took Juventus as a sleeping giant, and reinvigorated them, bringing a period of dominance. However the side failed in Europe – where success matters to Abramovich beyond anything else.

He will definitely not find things straight forward in the Premier League, like he did in Seria A. Premier League is definitely much more competitive with a far greater depth of quality lower down the league.

He does not speak English, which can be very difficult for him in the Premier League but is understood to be taking English tuitions to understand the game in a more better way.

Conte is clearly a great coach, both in terms of tactical ability and being a leader of men. Let’s see how the Italian maestro fares in the Premier League, there are surely exciting days ahead for Chelsea Football Club fans.

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