Why Antonio Conte has been the best Premier League manager

Why Antonio Conte has been the best Premier League manager this season

Tactically speaking, who would you say has been the best Premier League Manager this season? If you’d be fair and objective, you’ll give it to Antonio Conte without a blink. The Italian manager has torn up the tactics textbook, leaving every other Premier League manager grappling for second place behind him (including the highly-regarded Pep Guardiola).

Last year, it was Claudio Ranieri who won all the accolades and had everyone singing his praises. This year, however, it’s been another Italian who has wrought some magic from the touchline – while Ranieri sank into oblivion. The big question is why Conte? Why has Antonio Conte been the manager of the year in the Premier League this year? I’ll attempt to answer that in the subsequent subheadings.

His 3-4-3 system

Can you beat Conte’s 3-4-3 or 3-4-2-1 system? Good luck to you on that. Antonio Conte has revolutionised coaching in the country (England) with his impressive new formation which of course is working a treat. Conte began the season playing a 4-1-4-1 formation that had N’Golo Kante and Diego Costa playing in-between four defenders and four attacking midfielders respectively. That formation had Chelsea concede at least a goal in every game they played – except for the game against Burnley in August last year.

The 4-1-4-1 formation was cast out the window when Chelsea suffered two consecutive defeats against Liverpool and Arsenal. The 3-4-3 system was installed by Conte and it has helped Chelsea crawl their way to the summit of the Premier League, with many pundits already conceding the title to the Blues.

Players such as Victor Moses, who plays right wing back and Pedro Rodriguez, who plays as an attacking midfielder (AMF) have been reborn under the 3-4-3 formation, which has also given the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fàbregas the freedom to roam and be more deadly than ever. Diego Costa has equally reaped the fruits of this working system by Conte, the Spaniard is in the running for the Premier League golden shoe award with 17 goals to his name, two goals behind Harry Kane who is currently the top scorer.

If Chelsea eventually wins the Premier League (which I certainly think they would) it would be down to Conte’s tactical brilliance in introducing the 3-4-3 formation and making it work. That takes the best manager in the division to achieve.

The synergy he’s created among his players

One reason why Antonio Conte has been the best manager in the League is the fact that he’s transformed the Chelsea first team, from a group of international professionals to a family where everyone is loved, appreciated and respected. The only other Premier League manager that comes close to achieving such synergy within his team is Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool, but he’s not on the same level as Conte, seeing he often falls short of motivating his team in certain tricky fixtures.

Conte has found a way to reenact that winning mentality in his players by appealing to their emotional Intelligence (EI) and making them work harder than normal. Chelsea players are looking like the fittest and sharpest group in the Premier League and it’s all thanks to one man – Antonio Conte.

A couple of perfect signings

Can a few signings define a Premier League season for a club? The simple answer is yes! N’Golo Kante is a perfect example of this. The Frenchman was pivotal to Leicester City’s success last season after signing from Caen in 2015. Antonio Conte had succeeded in convincing Kante to join Chelsea (instead of a move to China) and the workaholic has been a superb signing ever since.

Conte also sanctioned the signing of David Luiz who have been rock solid at the heart of the Chelsea defence. Notable mentions are Marcos Alonso from Fiorentina as well as Victor Moses who was given a new contract instead of being sent out on loan (again).

A manager who can manage his budget and make the right signings will always end up on the sunny side of the Premier League table. Conte made the best recruitments in the summer and he deserves to be rated as manager of the year at least for this season.

Do you think Antonio Conte has been the best Premier League Manager this season?

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