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Conte and Simeone focus more on tactics than Mourinho – Courtois

The Chelsea goalkeeper says his current club boss spends more time on game management than those in charge at Atletico Madrid and Manchester United.


Thibaut Courtois claims current Chelsea boss Antonio Conte places greater emphasis on tactics than his predecessor Jose Mourinho.

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The Belgium international also considers the Italian coach to spend more time on game management than Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone – who he spent three years working under during productive loan spells – and his former national team manager Marc Wilmots.

That should, perhaps, come as no surprise, with Conte having been schooled in a Serie A system that prides itself on being tactically astute.

He also comes across as being very particular, with everything planned in minute detail in an effort to avoid any potential mishaps.

Conte is, however, a proven performer at the highest level – both as a player and in the dugout – and has found a formula which works for him.

This season alone, he has transformed the fortunes of Chelsea after reverting to a 3-4-3 formation – a similar system to the 3-5-2 structure he used in charge of both Juventus and Italy.

He knows how to get the best out of a setup involving three defenders and tweaked the playing staff at Stamford Bridge over the summer accordingly in order to fit that particular mould.

In contrast, Manchester United boss Mourinho and Atletico stalwart Simeone are more reactionary in their methods, with greater emphasis placed on spirit and rolling with the punches than following a set pre-game pattern.

That is not to say that they do not have a plan, it is just that they go about their business in a different manner.

Courtios would appear to echo that way of thinking, telling La Tribune: “Conte is the one that works most tactically. Then there is Simeone, then Mourinho and finally Wilmots.”

The Chelsea goalkeeper has also acknowledged that switching formation on the back of a mixed start to the 2016-17 campaign has helped to turn Conte’s side into serious Premier League title challengers.

He added: “We started the season 4-3-3. We started well with three wins but then we drew 2-2 at Swansea and lost against Liverpool playing a bad game. That was also the case against Arsenal.

“Then Conte said, ‘we will change’. At Hull, things were rather mixed at first and then against Leicester, Manchester United, Southampton and especially against Everton, we really saw the quality of the team.”

1 Comment on Conte and Simeone focus more on tactics than Mourinho – Courtois

  1. That’s true


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