Not a simple technical, tactical and character choice but a real “entry test”. The Conte method involves the direct intervention of the coach to verify the real motivations of the candidate. “They say, for example, that the one with Alexis Sanchez in August was particularly accurate and thorough. The examination was passed, of course, so much so that the attacker then arrived in Appiano”. La Gazzetta dello Sport reveals the background: “There is a moment, in the negotiation for a new purchase, in which the coach intervenes in first person. More or less halfway through the deal, when the managers have received the availability and understood the feasibility of the operation, and even before entering the final phase. It is then that the coach asks to have a direct interview with the player. Not a simple greeting, not even a three-minute survey, as many (not all) of his colleagues do. Conte subjects his potential new player to a long comparison, from which the coach tries to understand if the boy has the right motivation, if he is willing to follow his working methods, if in short he has all the characteristics to become an integral part of the group of tomorrow. It’s an entrance test. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to call it a ‘stress test’. For the Nerazzurri coach, the test is a fundamental step towards reaching motivated players and immediately laying the foundations for the group: “It’s thanks to that interview that Conte actually begins to build the group. The coach made things clear to the player immediately: he didn’t want any surprises, but the new player already knew what was waiting for him. That’s why there will never be a player who arrives in the summer and who will never be involved in the technical project. Lazaro is the latest example: Conte waited for the right moment, threw him away from home to dribble the pressure of San Siro and now he has an extra starter”.
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