Conte silences the English journalist’s uncomfortable question by giving only one name: “Carlo Ancelotti”

Conte silences the English journalist’s uncomfortable question by giving only one name: “Carlo Ancelotti”

In England, there are those who have made the fleas in the pocket of the Salento coach, noting that in the Champions League their point average is clearly lower than their experience in the championship. Behind that question is an uncomfortable truth for ex-Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan.

Author: Maurizio De Santis

Antonio Conte returns to the Champions League with Tottenham, involved in the match against Olympique de Marseille.

Questions are never indiscreet. The answers are sometimes. Antonio Conte gets a slippery one, but remains standing. He responds with a smile on his face and makes that insinuation that Mou would have defined the noise of enemies in the bud. In fact, to read the tabloids, on the eve of the Champions League his tottenham is experienced as a kind of test of truth for the Italian coach. What do you have to prove? Not to be too Italian. To have emancipated himself from his countrymen. To have overcome that vice of mentality that a little (would) serve as ballast for the ‘managers’ of the Belpaese. In other words – the journalist tells him at the press conference – of “pay more attention to the championship than to European competitions”.

Conte takes the hint and responds with a lot of self-control. In fact, he takes away the whim of citing an obvious example in the face of which his interlocutor can only remain silent. “We (Italians, ed.) have Carlos Ancelottino?”. The name of the current Real Madrid coach (4 champions won, current champion for beating Liverpool in the last edition of the Cup) is the best argument he could choose to end the matter in the bud and prevent the discussion from taking an insidious turn for him. who in his career, in terms of his European curriculum, has always suffered from continental club tournaments.

In England, the Spurs' Italian manager is challenged by the less-than-exciting journey in Europe in his career as manager of the club.
In England, the Spurs’ Italian manager is challenged by the less-than-exciting journey in Europe in his career as manager of the club.

“No, I don’t think so – he shakes his head and smiles – because we have Carlo Ancelotti, who has lifted the Champions League several times with Milan and Real Madrid, two top teams. As a player, I lost a final when I coached Milan. my last. In my career, I played at Old Trafford and it ended 0-0. I hit the crossbar with a header and was unlucky, then we lost on penalties.”

In England, there are those who have made a fuss in the pocket of the Salento coach, noting that in the last five editions of the Champions League, Tottenham played more games to eliminate than the same Count who, also in the light of the benevolent draw (in the group in addition to the French there I am Eintracht winner of the Europa League and Sporting Lisbon), he has more pressure on himself. Across the Channel, they are convinced that overcoming the group is a goal widely within reach for Spurs, despite objections to the depth and strength of the squad that the coach himself has raised in recent days.

The substratum of the question asked to the ex-Juventus, Chelsea and Inter Milan is collected in a statistic that hurts him. He won 5 league titles in 6 seasons before moving to the top of the Londoners, but comparison with other English team managers leaves him in the shadows. Tuchel (Blues), Klopp (Liverpool), Guardiola (Manchester City) have won the Champions League while he has a much lower average in the tournament.

The numbers don’t say it all, but they explain well the perplexity that there is in relation to him and, since the game with Marseille, he has been called to deny it. He is objected that, barring his exceptions about the real potential of the available team, he himself must make a qualitative leap in relation to the path taken so far. In the Champions League, he has 12 wins, 11 draws and an equal number of defeats with an average of 1.38 points per game, which is not at all flattering and, even worse, is much lower than the 2.19 that characterize him as a club manager. .

Conte's last Champions League final was as a coach: at Old Trafford with Juventus he lost on penalties against Carlo Ancelotti's Milan, whom he cites as an example of an Italian coach who won in cups.
Conte’s last Champions League final was as a coach: at Old Trafford with Juventus he lost on penalties against Carlo Ancelotti’s Milan, whom he cites as an example of an Italian coach who won in cups.

In his experiences in the Champions League as coach of the Bianconeri, Blues and Nerazzurri he has reached the quarter-finals only once (with Juve, in 2013): after beating Celtic in the round of 16, he stopped against Bayern Munich in the next round. In the recent past, there are two group eliminations with Inter.

Conte clenches his jaw and pulls the ace out of his sleeve. To those who say that he never managed (or almost) to win a trophy in Europe, he points out that “Your ambition is to win in Europe, even if it is difficult and you are more likely to do so if you coach a team that is used to that”. and points out that “Two years ago with Inter we lost the Europa League final against Sevilla.”

Source: Fan Page IT

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