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Sivori

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  1. The Conte Thread

    Told you guys Conte would come good. I remember there was a lot of disappointment here when City managed to secure Guardiola towards the end of last season.
  2. The Conte Thread

    Glad to see Conte doing so well. The difference between this team and last years is night and day.
  3. The Conte Thread

    In terms of youth, he didn't really promote anyone of note into the senior team, Italy is infamous for developing players slower than other countries, where 21-22 year olds are still looked at as "youth", we complain a lot about our primavera if you read up on our forums. I suppose he gave Pogba (who If I remember correctly was signed with the primavera in mind) his opportunity to play significant minutes in his first yesr. But thats likely down to the fact that Pogba is a once in a generation type player . I suppose with that it mind, you could say that with Conte "if you are good enough then you sre old enough."
  4. The Conte Thread

    These are just my opinions, which I have formed over the years. During his last season at Juve one of the criticism's levelled against him was that he wasn't rotating players much. In the tail end of that year we were wanting to play the final of the europa league, which was being held at Juventus stadium. We had built a considerable lead in Serie A so we could afford to rest players for our Europa league games. Conte kept playing his strongest side every week however which lead to over fatigue and injuries e.g Vidal injuring his knee in the league and having to play with local anasthesia injections against Benfica in the semi-final. You guys will be playing the league without the distraction of europe, so you rotation should not be a problem. Also, in terms of being a tactician Conte is not on Allegri's level as he tends to be a bit stubborn. He is a motivator of men first and foremost, in that regard Allegri doesn't hold a candle to Conte. Allegri has us playing 4-3-1-2 just as effectively as 3-5-2, and is able to have us play possesion and counter attacking football. Conte in his last year with us mostly stuck with a 3-5-2 even if it was innefective against some teams in Europe, a lot of fans wanted to ditch this formation and go back to a traditional back 4. Thats not to say Conte's not flexible. When he first arrived at Juve, he had mostly used an ultra offensive 4-2-4 at Bari and was expecting to carry that over to Juve, hence we signed Elia on the left to complement Krasic on the right. We ended up with 3-5-2 as we were blessed to have Bonucci (who during Conte's first year was extremely error prone a lot of supporters wanted him sold then! Quite the transformation over the years), Barzagli and Chiellini, that goes with Conte's philsophy of using a formation to fit players at his disposal and not the other way around.
  5. The Conte Thread

    As long as the players buy into his methods and ideas, you guys will turn out great. I am sure he will develop a bond with them immediately as he is not only charismatic but as a former footballer he has played and won at the very highest level of the game, something the players can respect. Once he instills his spirit into the squad he will have these guys spit out blood for him. I point to his work at both Juventus and the Azurri. At Juve as soon as he back, there was an immediate change in the mentality of the players. After having finished 7th twice in a row, fourth place was what most people in the club were aiming for. I remember he said something to the effect of "you have to honor the shirt, a club like Juventus should fight for the highest honors just as it was for me as a player", we won the scudetto and against a really good Milan side in his first year, made the Copa Italia finals as well. otherwise mediocre players such as Giacherinni, Estigaribia et al. performed at levels that they have not reached since. He also wasnt afraid to drop guys like Krasic, Elia who didn't fit the clear clear ideas he had. Same thing with the Azurri. Prior to the euros, this was a team that was dubbed one of the worst Italy sides of all time. Conte had them punching above their weight many times over after fostering a spirit of togetherness within the group. Could have the entire thing as well had they practiced Free kicks more You have got a solid squad on paper with many players of undoubted quality who just massively underperformed last year. Im sure Conte will light a fire in these guys. Maybe throw in Matic with Quadrado and Maritta may think about it . But in seriousness, I doubt Bonucci himself would leave even if we wanted to (which we dont ) the guy is a Bandiera, a standard bearer, here. With Conte, I will watch and cheer for you guys this year, going to be a hell of a ride.
  6. The Mourinho Thread

    I think Mourinho has seen better days as a coach. For some reason I feel he will be an absolute debacle at United and they'll be marginally better than last year on account of their buys this summer.
  7. The Conte Thread

    I am a Juve fan who has been here since we were drawn in the group stage together in 2013. Just want to say that you will absolutely fall in love with the way this guy works. His training sessions are famous for their intensity. Even a workhorse like Tevez had previously noted how he had never been worked so hard (in a good way) in his career. Conte will whip these players into shape and is not afraid to drop anyone, regardless of their transfer fee, if they don't pull their weight. He will have these guys out on the pitch fighting like soldiers under siege.
  8. Radja Nainggolan

    This guy can be a prick for opposing players. Naingollan is the type of player you would love in your club but absolutely loath as an opponent. Very good midfielder, comparable to a peak Vidal minus the goal scoring. Great engine, covers every blade of grass, great ball winner with a good shot on him.
  9. Samuel Eto'o

    You guys can say that two of the greatest African players of all time have donned Chelsea's blue. Even this geriatric version of Eto'o is surely better than Torres.
  10. The Serie A Thread

    Fiorentina have signed Mario Gomez from Bayern for €16 million payable in 4 years; confirmed on Bayern's website. Great coup for the viola. I'm suprised there were'nt much big clubs in for him, fantastic goal machine.
  11. Chelsea Kits 2016/17

    I think these current Chelsea kits are the best looking ones Adidas have made this year. I think the detailing on the collar and the faint design on the fabric look great. I love the "less is more" feel. Best kit you guys have had the past 4 years IMO.
  12. Edinson Cavani

    You guys would be really, really scary with Cavani in front of Hazard, Mata and Oscar. The man is a fearsome best. Constantly drops deep and plays GK, defender, midfielder and striker. He starts and finishes counter attacks. Posseses an awesome engine that powers a nonstop workrate. Will score with free kicks, headers, powerful drives, chips etc.... A complete footballer.
  13. Benfica 1-2 Chelsea

    Congratulations to all you Chelsea supporters! From a Juve fan. I'm very happy for you guys. Thrilling match from start to finish. I was expecting extra time, but went nuts when Ivanovic's header went in at the death.