Antonio Conte, in the second part of his interview with the weekly L'Équipe (here the first part), spoke then of the more technical aspect of his work. He explained his approach to tactical modules, and also his choice to coach Inter.
IMAGE AND LIKING – Antonio Conte has the extraordinary ability to know how to shape his teams in his image and likeness. This also happened to Inter , after only four months. Here is how this is possible: " I put the job, I demand seriousness, and moreover I establish rules, constraints to give an orientation. After all, everyone is good at talking about rules, but how many have the strength to enforce them when problems arise? Many look away to avoid worries. I'm not like that. Anyway, you can be whoever you want, have had a great career as a footballer: players evaluate you, weigh your value in just two weeks. They say: "That is a top coach, the one is not, that is a middle way" » .
THE CHANGE MODULES – « It depends above all on the players I have available. In Serie B I played with 4-2-4. I tested this form at Juventus , but I quickly switched to 3-5-2 or 3-3-4, depending on the interpretation: this approach was unique. My staff and I have always been a case study. Moreover, before I arrived in the Premier League, the three-man defense was taboo, then the teams made it. I myself started with the four-man defense, until a 0-3 defeat by Arsenal . So I changed because I had players to protect . "
NO DOGMA – Conte therefore does not define himself as a fundamentalist of a single module: «Absolutely not. At Chelsea I used a 3-4-2-1, with Hazard, Willian or Pedro behind the attacker and two medians in support. At Inter I have three. I adapt to the characteristics of my players to enhance their qualities and limit errors » .
WHY ME? – Finally, Conte responded (angrily, as reported by the interviewer) to his decision to coach Inter, after so many years at Juventus: «I think I am an honest and loyal person in everything, I believe in work, in the effort, in sacrifice. I do not distort myself, I am not a leccac ** or, I do not sweeten with the sviolinate! I try to make myself appreciated for this, but if you prefer to stoke the fire rather than make me a positive example … I arrived where I am thanks to myself, and I must not thank anyone except my parents. I am a free spirit "" .
Source : L'Équipe magazine – Valentin Pauluzzi
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