Antonio Conte: 7 things to know about Chelsea’s new manager
Antonio Conte has shown that he has what it take to make immediate impact on Chelsea from his attitude to Diego Costa, just as Jose Mourinho did a decade ago. Conte a former manager of Juventus, one of the top ten invincible team in the world football.
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A combination of pragmatic methodology and meticulous man-management means Conte is getting the best out of essentially the same group of players who struggled so badly last season shortly after winning the title.
Conte appears to have brought the same level of planning and force of personality that Mourinho did when he breezed into Stamford Bridge in 2004 and again in his second spell in charge, when he won the title in 2014-15.
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It is evident that the Italian is putting everything into his work, from his antics on the touchline to his post-match demeanour, which has been happy but exhausted after hard-fought victories over West Hamlast Monday and Watford on Saturday.
“When my team plays, I play with them on the touchline,” he said. “I try in every moment to suggest the right pass or the right position. Sometimes when the play is open on one side it’s important to shout. I know sometimes they hear and sometimes they choose not to. After the game I’m exhausted and my throat is sore.”
Here are seven things to know about Antonio Conte
1. Antonio Conte will be Chelsea‘s fifth Italian manager after Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Di Matteo. No other team in the Premier League has had more than one.
2. He is also Roman Abramovich’s 10th different manager at Chelsea (Mourinho & Hiddink have both had two stints).
3. Since 1971-72, Antonio Conte is the Juventus manager with the highest win ratio in Serie A (72.8 percent). He won 83 out 114 league games as Juventus manager, losing only seven.
4. Conte’s Juventus scored in 43 consecutive games (February 2013-March 2014) — a Serie A all-time record.
5. Juventus also recorded an unbeaten run of 49 games from May 2011 to October 2012 (with Conte involved in 48 of them) — only AC Milan can boast a longer streak (58 games) in Serie A history.
6. Antonio Conte won the Scudetto with Juventus in 2013-14 picking up 102 points and winning 33 games: both all-time records in a Serie A campaign. He also won the Serie A Coach of the Year award three straight times from 2012-14 (and is the only three-time winner of the award, which was also won twice by two other managers who have also managed Chelsea – Jose Mourinho and Carlo Ancellotti).
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7. As a player Conte won Serie A (5 times), Coppa Italia (1), the Italian Supercup (4), UEFA Cup (1), Champions League (1), European Supercup (1), Intercontinental Cup (1) and UEFA Intertoto Cup (1).