It’s my way or the highway as far as Antonio Conte is concerned – and the fiery Italian is absolutely not hiding it.
He once joked that he would “kill” any player who didn’t follow his instructions or put on his weight on the pitch.
It fell in love with Thierry Henry, who interviewed him at the time, but make no mistake, there was more than a touch of seriousness in the cheeky smile of the ex-Chelsea manager – just ask to Diego Costa.
But the method works. He has enjoyed enormous success at Juventus, winning three league titles in as many years at the club.
The first, won in 2012, was Juve’s first Scudetto in nine years as they battled the domination of Italian football by the two Milanese clubs and established a series of nine consecutive championships for the Turin-based team.
The Old Lady’s Serie A grip was finally released last season as the title was claimed by Inter, managed by Conte.
“When Conte speaks, his words assault you,” former Juventus star Andrea Pirlo wrote in his book I think therefore I play.
“They come through the doors of your mind, often quite violently, and settle deep inside you. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve found myself saying, “Damn, Conte said something really right again today.”
Conte leads his teams with an iron fist, but there is more to his management than just barking orders.
Romelu Lukaku, who was Inter’s main forward in his winning season, gives Conte credit for changing his career for the better and then for some.
“I had Antonio Conte there as a manager who really helped me and showed me what it takes to win, and we did that in the second season,” Lukaku said earlier. this season.
“Learning to win is fundamentally pushing back the barrier. Each coach has a different way of coaching, but with Antonio [Conte] we really learned to go to the red zone. That was it.
“In the second season, we were a lot more consistent to win big games. It made the difference against big opponents.
“As a player the Italian game is so different. It’s so tactical and technical. You have to perform the right run or movement to free another player. We always had a lot of possession, so we were playing in the opposite half. Most of the time, you were back on target, and everything was going through me.
“I remember having a conversation with Conte about it and he told me if I wasn’t good at it I wouldn’t play. For me, it opened my eyes. Once I mastered this aspect, everything just got easier for me.
“The game would slow down, and I could control the game more and give more assists. It was really something that I wanted to do and I wanted to experience it in another country, where I think it would be beneficial for the rest of my career.
The Belgian’s heroism has earned him a return to Chelsea for just under £ 100million and if reports are to be believed Conte will be returning to England soon enough.
He has been heavily linked with Manchester United’s work, although it is understood that the club are sticking with current manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the time being.
The Red Devils’ home display against Liverpool last weekend – which they lost 5-0 – showed Man United in disarray, with some wanting to put pressure on Jurgen Klopp’s endemic Reds, while others just stayed behind.
Many fans would agree that Man United players need a boost and this is something Conte would have no difficulty in providing.
“Ashley Young, I told him about Conte, he played with him at Inter,” Gabby Agbonlahor revealed on talkSPORT.
He said, ‘Run nonstop, everyday in training, run, run, run. “
“If you can’t run, you’re not going to play in his teams. So I think he’s what this team needs.
“Someone goes over there and says, if you don’t do what I want and you don’t do what you are told, you’re out.
“I don’t care if it’s Cristiano Ronaldo, if it’s Mason Greenwood, if it’s Paul Pogba. If you don’t do what I want and you work hard, come sit with me.