The making of Antonio Conte: a journey from Lecce to Chelsea

As featured on Guardian Sport Some footballers have the privilege of working under gifted tacticians and thoroughbred winners during their careers, but it’s the intuitive ones who take it upon themselves to become students. Antonio Conte was both influential and influenced during his decorated playing career at Juventus. The tenacious box-to-box midfielder, equipped with piercingly…

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The Big Analysis: Milan vs Juventus

In the 1980s through to the mid-2000s, AC Milan were undoubtedly one of the marquee names in world football. Since those halcyon days under coaches of the calibre of Arrigo Sacchi, Fabio Capello and Carlo Ancelotti, the quality of football from the Rossoneri has dropped almost as quickly as their league position. A recruitment strategy…

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Can Real Madrid end the Champions League hoodoo?

With the Champions League group stage underway, everyone will have an opinion on who will win this season’s competition. The usual suspects head the betting, with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and defending champions Real Madrid leading the way and a handful of other potential winners among the 32 teams. It’s a great market for providing long-term…

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The Big Analysis: Inter vs Juventus

The Derby d’Italia was the standout fixture in Serie A last weekend as champions Juventus visited the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza to face Inter. The Old Lady of Turin were heavy favourites coming into the match with a 100 percent record in their opening three league matches. Meanwhile Inter coach Frank de Boer was under pressure…

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The Big Analysis: Juventus vs Sevilla

The first round of Champions League group stage fixtures produced one of the most intriguing tactical match-ups of the season so far as Juventus hosted Europa League holders Sevilla. The match would provide an interesting insight into the progress being made by new Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli as he looks to implement his unique football…

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The Big Analysis: Juventus versus Fiorentina

Analyst Lee Scott (@FMAnalysis) joins These Football Times to break down the biggest tactical battles of the season from around Europe. Providing coverage of key games throughout 2016-17 campaign, join him this week as he looks at Juventus manager Max Allegri’s tactics in week two against Fiorentina. The Serie A season kicked-off over the weekend with…

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