Before the season began, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola named Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as one of the rising stars of football management, and admitted he sees a lot of himself in the former Juventus man.
As reported in biographer
“I remember asking him in 2015 to name two coaches with the greatest potential and, without a second’s hesitation, he said, ‘Tuchel and Conte,’” Perarnau writes.
“He sees a lot of himself in Conte: his passion, his aggression, work ethic and determination to have the ball as much as possible, the intensity of his game and his competitive drive.
“‘Conte plays positional football too. It’s very different from my own, but it’s a game of position and he does it very, very well.’”
Guardiola and Conte have made the transition to Premier League football well, with Chelsea currently top of the league, with City just one point behind. Jose Mourinho’s United have stuttered so far this season and already find themselves 11 points behind Chelsea with just 13 games played.
“In private, Pep’s gone as far as identifying Chelsea as one of the favourites to win the league this year,” Perarnau continues.
“The team has a superb coach, excellent players, and a preferential calendar without any European competition and therefore lots and lots of time to concentrate on training and preparation for each game.
“He may well be proven wrong, but before the league kicked off Pep certainly saw Conte as one of his biggest threats.”