Giuseppe Andriani in an Italian journalist who followed Antonio Conte throughout his experience at Juventus.
He know his philosophy and his style on the pitch really well, so we asked him to tell us what Chelsea fans can expect from him, why he was so important for Juventus and what is his tactical credo. Here it is what he told us.
Antonio Conte raised up Juventus after the Serie B experience and some very bad seasons between 2007 and 2011, he opened a winning cycle that today, with evolution and improvement, still goes on.
He took charge of a team that finished two seasons in a row at Serie A seventh place and took them to win the title.
He built that side from nothing, from the ruins of the previous disastrous managers’ spells.
What he will find at Chelsea is similar of what he found at Juventus. The significant difference is that, today, he arrives to Chelsea with another kind of reputation, a better reputation: he won everything with Juventus in Italy and he also managed to coach the Italian national team, a choice that later he regretted a little bit.
When he arrived to Juventus he was the personal bet, then won, of the chairman, Andrea Agnelli.
He arrived to the Bianconeri as a 442 integralist, that he used at Bari and Siena. He wanted to sign Eljero Elia because his idea was to play with two wings, that could help in defense when the team had no ball possession. He changed his mind after the pre-season, deciding to play with 443.
Also this idea lasted a few months, about three: Conte played a fundamental game in Napoli with 352, it was a really important game for Juventus, who came back and won with this tactical system and the Italian manager never stopped to use it since there.
When the team has no ball possession they defend with 4 players, with one the wingers that goes back to help the defenders, and when the team got the ball a 334, with the wingers to attack depth or the central defenders and midfielders to show up in the attack zone.
Conte uses the same tactical system with Italy, playing the same defenders he got at Juventus: Barzagli-Bonucci-Chiellini. Without them, especially Bonucci, probably Conte would change his tactical system again.
If we analyse his figure outside of the tactical systems, Conte is a very gutsy and leathery coach.
He has not got Guardiola‘s aplomb, but he’s got a great charisma and he’s got this huge ability to transmit this passion and energy to his own players. His Juventus won a league win 102 points, so the word “relax” is not in his dictionary.
He likes to have the game in control and his teams start to play from the defense. His playing style is not tiki-taka, but the team control the game with a great ball possession starting form the defense, to arrive to other side box through the wingers.
He will probably ask to sign a central defender able to start the playing, and probably a midfielder playmaker.
Antonio Conte is a smart coach, and he won’t try to just reproduce what he did at Juventus at Chelsea.
He will probably have the confidence and the trust to bring back Chelsea where they belong, at football top levels, also in Europe. He never got that kind of trust from the club at Juventus. And he never showed to be a top manager in European competitions until now.
But in Serie A he was a smart coach, able to adapt to any situation, with lots of energy and good tactical ability. For these reason Chelsea made a really good deal.