One does really learn from their experiences. Whether it was Gerrard’s slip or Cantona’s suspension, both the incidents would leave a dent in their career. These incidents left their teams hanging in crucial intense situations. The only way to move forward from such situations is to make sure you don’t repeat them. But at times there is nothing that you can do, and such experiences really change your outlook.
Antonio Conte is the perfect example of this situation. He has lost a number of titles despite being at clinching distance away from them.
Since then he made sure that he leads his team to a situation, from where he cannot lose a title. This is evident from the way Chelsea has been playing this season. Despite being 9 points clear on the points table, they are playing attacking football. They are leaving no room for the opposition to score, and look absolutely unbeatable.
With their victory in the London derby, Chelsea has almost sealed its victory. They have come out on top of every intense situation.
He has perfectly orchestrated the current season. He introduced missing skillful players to the Chelsea line-up. Subsequently, he synchronized their game leading towards an all-round development of the team.
But one thing that has stood out in the way he has interacted with the team is his spirit. His intense and emotional hugs, along with the shouts from the sidelines repeatedly filled the players with aggression. It changed the speed of the game and the way Chelsea played.
This season, Conte might not be going just for the title. He probably is wanting to better the 2004-05 record of Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, earning 95 points out of their 38 games. The way they are going, it is very much possible for them to beat that record.
Conte managed an unbeatable team in Serie A when he was at the head of Juventus. He has proved his critics wrong by creating the current Chelsea side. As he has been responsible for Chelsea’s intense gameplay.
One cannot be sure if Conte’s style is because of his defeats or his general hunger for victory. But one thing is for sure, letting go of the World Cup or Champions League titles has had an impact in the way Conte approaches the game.