At the time of writing, Antonio Conte has just confirmed that he will be leaving his post as the Italy national manager following the conclusion of the upcoming European Championships. It is widely assumed that the former Juventus player and manager will show up at Stamford Bridge and take charge at Chelsea, adding yet another star name to the Premier League, but he won’t be the main manager on everyone’s lips come August.
Pep Guardiola will be grabbing all the headlines this summer. However Conte, if he does take over at Chelsea, will be the most effective manager in the Premier League. The Italian will take over a club who are need of a huge boost on the field, something that Conte knows exactly how to do. When he took over at Juventus, the club was only just recovering from the destructive CalcioPoli scandal that rocked Italian football.
He managed to take an average Juve team, and turned them into the the force that we know today. He signed players like Paul Pogba, Andrea Barzagli, Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez. His 3-5-2 formation that he implemented onto the Juventus team has worked wonders for The Old Lady, and Massiimiliano Allegri still uses it now, to much success.
Chelsea are in desperate need for someone to come in and essentially give the players a kick up the backside, and install a winners mentality into them once again. After sacking Jose Mourinho earlier in this season, Conte is the only manager in European football that is similar to Jose, and Conte will have similar success at the Bridge as the former Porto boss.
Of course, claiming that Conte will have success is very premature, but looking at his track record, and looking at how his Juventus and Siena teams played under his wing, it is clear to see that wherever Conte goes, success soon follows. His Italy team going into the European Championship may not be as star studded as Belgium, and may not have the same advantages as France, but their managers winning mentality, and his hunger and desire for success could drive them to glory.
If Mourinho does go to Manchester United, it could be one of the greatest seasons ever in the Premier League, at the very least in terms of the managers.