Saturday, 18 June 2016

What Chelsea can expect from Antonio Conte next season...

  • Antonio Conte is a fan of the 3-5-2 formation for both club and country 
  • Colombian Juan Cuadrado to be handed a Chelsea lifeline for next season 
  • New system could see John Terry and Gary Cahill battle for central role
  • The fiery Italian is passionate and has similar mentality to Jose Mourinho

  • Italy vs Belgium was described as an orchestra versus a side of soloists, and plenty put the 2-0 win down to Antonio Conte’s tactics.
    After beating Belgium and seeing off Sweden, Conte has still never lost a competitive game with Italy after winning nine and drawing three.
    Before Euro 2016 began, there were suggestions that this was the worst Italy team for decades, but on Friday they became only the second side to qualify for the tournament’s knockout stage. Conte clearly makes his teams difficult to beat and left Juventus with a 67.55% win percentage after losing just 15 games in 151 with the Serie A side.
    So what else can Chelsea expect from their new head coach? Sportsmail takes a closer look 
    Italy came out on top in their opening game with Belgium and many praised the tactics of Antonio Conte

    Italy came out on top in their opening game with Belgium and many praised the tactics of Antonio Conte

    FORMATIONS USED BY CONTE AT JUVENTUS

    84 games – 3-5-2 formation
    16 games – 4-3-3 formation
    5 games – 4-2-3-1 formation
    5 games – 4-4-2 formation
    4 games – 3-5-1-1 formation

    FORMATION
    There’s no disputing which formation is the Italian’s favourite. At Juventus he oversaw 114 games in Serie A and 3-5-2 was used in 84 of those. The others he turned to were 4-3-3 (16 games), 4-2-3-1 (5), 4-4-2 (5) and 3-5-1-1 (4). 
    At Euro 2016 so far, he has used 3-5-2 against Belgium and Sweden. It sees two strikers up front and the wing-backs become crucial to the Conte game plan as they have duties in attack as well as defence. 
    Asked whether he will use that set-up at Chelsea, one source close to Conte said: ‘Antonio is not exactly a “philosophy” driven coach in terms of formation. ‘He plays to strengths of the squad at his disposal but Chelsea will recruit to suit 3-5-2 or 3-3-4. They’re going to need three or four players.’ 
    Conte is a huge fan of the 3-5-2 formation and used it 84 times at Juventus and for Italy's opening two games

    Conte is a huge fan of the 3-5-2 formation and used it 84 times at Juventus and for Italy's opening two games
     

    CHELSEA GOALS SCORED PER GAMES IN LAST FIVE SEASONS

    2011-12: 1.7
    2012-13: 2
    2013-14: 1.9
    2014-15: 1.9
    2015-16: 1.6
    STRIKERS TO SIGN
    And that’s why as many as three strikers could be signed this summer. If Chelsea are to play with two centre forwards and two wing-backs, the club know they will need to dip into the transfer market. Alexandre Pato and Radamel Falcao’s loan spells are not to be extended, as Sportsmail reported before last season ended. 
    Chelsea have also indicated that they will listen to offers for Loic Remy as they look to cash in on the 29-year-old forward, whose current contract lasts until 2018. That means at least two strikers could be signed. Then there is Diego Costa, who is still wanted by Atletico Madrid – the club that sold him for £32million in 2014. 

    JUVENTUS GOALS SCORED PER GAME IN THREE SEASONS UNDER CONTE

    2011-12: 1.8 
    2012-13: 1.9
    2013-14: 2.1
    Should he be shown the exit, then as many as three could be bought. At least Chelsea are well stocked with wingers for 3-5-2, though they will need to be tireless and want to work, like Antonio Candreva, Alessandro Florenzi and Matteo Darmian do for Italy. Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian are set to stay put this summer, while Juan Cuadrado could be handed another chance by Conte after a successful season on loan at Juventus.
    Juan Cuadrado (left) could be handed a recall back to Stamford Bridge after impressing on loan at Juventus

    Juan Cuadrado (left) could be handed a recall back to Stamford Bridge after impressing on loan at Juventus
     

    CHELSEA GOALS CONCEDED PER GAMES IN LAST FIVE SEASONS 

    2011-12: 1.21
    2012-13: 1.03
    2013-14: 0.71
    2014-15: 0.84
    2015-16: 1.39 

    LESS GOALS CONCEDED… WITH A BACK THREE
    Italy held off Belgium and Sweden and are still yet to concede at Euro 2016. They did so using their back three, though they have a special trio of defenders at their disposal. Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli play together at Juventus, who recently won Serie A for a fifth successive season. They also have Gianluigi Buffon behind them in goal. 
    All three central defenders are comfortable carrying the ball out – not unlike Everton defender and former Chelsea target John Stones – and showed that in their two Euro 2016 ties. They attempted through-balls rather than looking sideways, and it was positive play by the Italians. It particularly paid off against Belgium, as shown by Bonucci’s assist for Emanuele Giaccherini. 

    JUVENTUS GOALS CONCEDED PER GAME IN THREE SEASONS UNDER CONTE

    2011-12: 0.53
    2012-13: 0.63
    2013-14: 0.61 

    Chelsea have John Terry, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic and Kurt Zouma among their defenders, and Conte will want to whip them into shape or make signings. At Juventus, his team let in just 0.53 goals per game in 2011-12, 0.63 in 2012-13 and 0.61 in 2013-14. 
    Chelsea’s lowest in the last five seasons was 0.71, while their highest was 1.39. The standard in Serie A is not as high as the Premier League, so it will be interesting to see whether Conte can make Chelsea as defensively solid as he made Juventus.
    Captain John Terry agreed a contract extension and will hope to figure prominently under new boss Conte

    Captain John Terry agreed a contract extension and will hope to figure prominently under new boss Conte
     
    A NO-NONSENSE WORKAHOLIC TOO…
    Don’t upset the man in black. It was this week reported that Conte was caught on camera on the touchline in France shouting: ‘Vi ammazzo tutti.’ Translated as: ‘I will kill you all.’ Italy were already ahead at the time against Belgium but had just gifted Romelu Lukaku an opportunity to score. That came after the Italian got a bloody nose while celebrating their opener. 
    Conte is showing he can take touchline outrage to a new level, even if Chelsea are used to that after having Jose Mourinho as their manager. Carlo Ancelotti this week said that ‘you are either with the team or you’re against them’ when it comes to Conte’s philosophy and Chelsea’s players will surely find that out for themselves. 
    Conte is a self-confessed workaholic and his management style will see him take no prisoners at Chelsea

    Conte is a self-confessed workaholic and his management style will see him take no prisoners at Chelsea
    He is a workaholic, too. ‘There are 24 hours in a day,’ Conte has been quoted as saying. ‘I sleep five of them and devote three to my family. That leaves me with 16 to work with.’ It was even said that his wife, Elisabetta, used to wake up in the night to find her husband downstairs, watching football replays of upcoming opponents on TV. 
    Conte has given blood, sweat and tears for Italy and is sure to do the same at Chelsea, taking no prisoners. Their players can rightly be petrified – as well as excited – ahead of his arrival after Euro 2016. 

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