Reports from the Spanish media are reveling that Real Madrid are discussing with the representatives of former Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte.
Hiring Antonio Conte is commendable judging based on his track record but, its best Real Madrid go for other alternatives and not Conte.
The Italian tactician is the opposite of Zinedine Zidane in character, tactical maneuver or relationship with fans, players and management.
Here are the 5 reasons.
Antonio Conte is a fiery and difficult to control- While Zinedine Zidane who transcends a calm and collected manager who thinks first before acting, Conte on the other hand is acting and later, apologizing for his action.
He will be screaming, kicking and even confronting referees when decision don’t go his way. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will certainly struggle to control the Italian. So its best he don’t hire him.
Tactically, Conte will change the team’s setup: Antonio Conte will not continue using Zinedine Zidane’s tried and tested style of wining games and trophies. He will do away with the 4-3-3 formation and employ his own 3-5-2 or 3-4-1-2 or even 5-3-2 formation.
That will mean several players will have to adapt to the system or leave.
Champions league struggles– Antonio Conte has never won the Champions League neither has he coached a team to the final or the semi final of the tournament.
Real Madrid pride themselves as the kings of Europe and will want to win it next year or the following season. Conte cannot deliver it and the reason is down to his tactical setup and formations which limits his players from truly expressing themselves.
Clash with senior players- Antonio Conte is nothing like Zinedine Zidane in terms of managing egos of big players. Before he left Madrid, Zizou not only clashed with Gareth Bale, he also clashed with Isco and some few days before his resignation he clashed with Marcelo.
Conte meanwhile won’t tolerate anybody questioning his authority or challenging his detailed instructions. This alone could breakdown the dressing room.
Demands to sign players– Antonio Conte will want Real Madrid to revamp the squad by bringing in players who can fit into his system. He will want a physically fit striker who can hold up the ball, wait for other to join the attack before creating chances for the players to attack.
A player like Romelu Lukaku is want Antonio Conte will want at the moment along with physically fit midfielders and defenders.
Real Madrid on the other hand don’t the money required to massive changes which alone is problem.