Antonio Conte met the English media today, and answered questions from the waiting press pack about his Chelsea team for the first time.
After coming off the back of a successful Euro 2016 campaign with Italy, questions about signings, tactics and philosophies were fired at the former Juventus manager, and he impressed as he answered them.
But the best of all was when he was asked about his formation, with many expecting his tried and trusted 3-5-2 formation to be utilised at Stamford Bridge this season.
But Conte unleashed a metaphor that might just make it’s way into the English language:
Usually when I arrive in a new team I evaluate the players. I search to find the right position for the players.
When I was in Italy I liked to say that the manager and coach is like a tailor that must build the dress for the team and you have to respect the characteristics and the talent of the players then you decide.Advertisement
So a back three or back four, it’s not important for us – what is important is the right spirit and to have good organisation and good training both in tactical and physical aspects. I believe I can improve my players a lot.
In case that makes absolutely no sense to you, Conte is basically saying he won’t stick to one formation, he’ll assess his squad and make adjustments should he need to, without wedging players into a certain system.
That’s surely good news for John Terry, who might have struggled with a back three system at the age of 35.
Conte has been linked with a move for Leonardo Bonucci, who played under him for both Juventus and Italy alongside Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli, however the centre back would cost upwards of £30m.
But as we all know, Chelsea aren’t shy when it comes to spending money – just ask Alexandre Pato.