Antonio Conte has just won Serie A with Inter, ending the period of dominance of Juventus which he himself introduced. That makes it a good week to remember how good a manager he is.
We all know what he did at Chelsea – he got us 47 (!!!!) more points than the preceding “Mourinho season” and won us the title. A huge part of that turnaround was the arrival of N’Golo Kante, and in today’s Daily Telegraph Matt Law has a fun story about how the midfielder ended up at Stamford Bridge.
Apparently a move to Arsenal was all sorted “when Antonio Conte picked up the telephone.”
The Italian coach told him he could move to Chelsea to win a second title in a row – and he clearly was pretty convincing. Kante backed out of the Arsenal move, came to join Conte, and in less than a year they were celebrating a title together.
We’re still enjoying the benefits of that phone call today.