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Author: Daniele Lo Monaco

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Without a doubt Conte’s recently signed contract with Chelsea runs the risk of creating some problems in the press for him because of the English media’s attention to the current National team coach’s past controversy with sports commissions and the law. However, from a tactical point of view there is no denying that his technical prowess is nothing short of exemplary.

For example, the latest version of his 3-4-3 could be used as study material for any coach who, with high ambitions, wants to apply this system of play in his own team. In particular, the Udine Match with Spain on 24 March can be taken as a point of reference. In fact, the subsequent Munich friendly with Germany did not have the same results for several reasons that have to do with the choice of players and other match circumstances that, in any case, do nothing to diminish the positive elements demonstrated five days earlier.
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To see the team move vertically, but also horizontally, with that harmony (for example, the movement on the pitch of the outside forwards is typical, allowing constant overlapping with the outside midfielders, but also interesting technical interaction between the wings and the striker), the ball must always move at an extremely high speed. This requires very high ball handling skills because plays are almost always made to a teammate in motion. This means that understanding time and space mechanisms in training sessions is essential. But if these are the results the manager achieves in the few days he has with his players, we can only imagine that it would be easier to convey certain concepts for someone who works with his team daily.

The play always develops from the back (Astori was the Azzuro player who had most touches) both to the wings (Florenzi and Giaccherini in this case) and to the central midfielders (Parolo and Motta), even better if staggered over different lines. The options then lead to the subsequent development with the classic Conte play (a one-touch pass by the outside midfielder to the striker with a half-moon motion by the wing to interact with the striker) that leads to constantly creating spaces, both centrally and on the outside. The scoring play is a perfect example of this: Giaccherini dispossesses the opponent on the left, Astori goes behind Buffon who goes to the right for Darmian who passes forward to Parolo who passes back to Florenzi who serves Bernardeschi inside who sends it diagonally to Giaccherini on the left who sets up the assist for Insigne. And the Spaniards, certainly no slouches when it comes to tactical interpretation, are still trying to find the ball.
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Daniele Lo Monaco
Journalist and UEFA B Coach

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