Chelsea fans watching Italy’s 2-0 victory over Belgium, masterminded by incoming manager Antonio Conte, would have been very excited.
The Italians were superb defensive, repelling any attack from the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, and produced a stunning performance to win fairly comfortably in the end.
While the Chelsea supporters may have enjoyed the display from Conte’s side, you wouldn’t blame the Chelsea players if they weren’t exactly excited by his touchline antics.
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Ok, the Chelsea stars will probably be used to a rollicking from Jose Mourinho but Conte’s appear to be on another level.
After the Italian defence allowed Lukaku a glorious opportunity to equalise during Monday’s match, Conte was seen berating his players.
If you don’t speak fluent in Italian, it’s impossible to understand what Conte was screaming but it’s now being reported he was yelling “Vi ammazzo tutti.”
What does that mean, we hear you ask?
C’mon lads, concentrate? Nope.
Keep going boys, we can win this? Nope.
It actually translates to: “I will kill you all.”
We don’t think those motivational words are included on the FA coaching courses.
Our Italian isn’t exactly fluent, therefore, we can’t confirm that is exactly what Conte was shouting. But judging by the amount of 'experts' suggesting that on Twitter, we’ll take their word for it.
But if former Chelsea defender Mario Melchiot is suggesting he did, then we’ll take their word for it.
Italy’s victory over Belgium was exactly the sort of tactical mastermind we’ve seen from Mourinho in the past. Following the match, Italian players wasted no time in heaping praise on Conte for his genius.
Praise for Conte
Daniele de Rossi said: “I’ve played under a lot of good managers but he is one of the best there is. He’s a special kind of coach."
While Matteo Darmian added: “He’s a great manager who gives every player who works for him total confidence. Every player in the squad wants to give 100% for him every time, in training or on the pitch – he’s that sort of manager. He’s great in every aspect of the game."
It was an eventful evening for Conte on the touchline. During his celebrations for Emanuele Giaccherini’s opening goal, he suffered a bloody nose when the entire Italian camp huddled together.
Conte at Chelsea
It’s that kind of passion that is needed to get Chelsea back challenging for the league title. The Blues finished a disappointing tenth place in the Premier League last season and will be without any European football.
If Conte is to transform the fortunes of Chelsea, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to sign the Italian defenders that performed so impressively against the Belgians.
That’s if he hasn’t killed them during the remainder of the tournament.
Let’s hope that Conte reserves those sort of comments for the Chelsea players next season, rather than the medical staff. Mourinho was infamously involved in a controversial episode with first-team doctor Eva Carneiro during the opening weekend of last season which had to be settled in court.