In the second a part of his interview with Il Corriere della Sera, Antonio Conte says Romelu Lukaku could ‘play American football’ and explains why his tactical system is one among the foremost offensive.
“I took inspiration from non-professional coaches instead of those that studied at Coverciano,” the Inter tactician said.
“At the start of my career, I used a 4-2-4 system. Then I switched to a three-man defence, it’s more offensive because you’ll attack with five players.
“When I moved to Chelsea I used a 4-2-4, but I had to vary because Hazard, Willian and Pedro struggled to deal with defensive duties on the flanks. Again, I switched to a three-man defence. the thought must be adapted to the players. I see football as a scholar: reshaping ideas makes the difference between coaches.”
Many say Romelu Lukaku is unstoppable, but as long as he has space ahead of him. Does Conte agree?
“It’s too easy to mention that. I wish Lukaku and Lautaro got more room inside the box. I don’t think it’s an honest thing for defenders. Lukaku is an atypical player, he’s a speedy centre forward, he could play American football .”
Some fans wanted him to sacked after Inter were eliminated from the Champions League.
“An opponent would have pushed for Conte to be kicked out of Inter,” he said.
“As an opponent, i might want to kill my enemy sportily. Sending me away would have facilitated others.
“It’s hard to vary that mental chip,” he continued.
“If you don’t win for 10 years, you subconsciously get wont to things , search for excuses or blame somebody else , you don’t see your limitations or flaws.
“The environment is imbued with this. it’s important to figure not only on the players but on every sector.
“This is that the difference between winning and living peacefully. There are many good coaches: i feel of Luciano Spalletti, for instance . He’s a superb tactician.
“The problem is to interrupt certain balances to steer the boat where they asked you to require it albeit someone can regret having chosen you.
“I give everything to my club. I even have passion, and keenness makes the difference.
“A coach is happy when a project lasts long. If you want to leave after a brief while, it leaves bitterness. Making your mark and staying for several years is that the most beautiful thing. I wish there have been continuity in everything.”