Antonio Conte is the perfectionist Chelsea need

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It will come as a surprise to few that Chelsea's incoming manager Antonio Conte has a tendency for perfection.

Of course, to be successful in the game and announce yourself as one of the top managers in Europe, attention to detail is important.  

For those that were unaware, a taste of Conte's mindset was on show last week. The Italian made headline news across the continent when he slammed the state of one of the pitches his Italian side would have to play on during Euro 2016. 


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Ahead of their clash with Republic of Ireland last Wednesday, Conte discussed the state of the turf in Lille: "The pitch isn't suitable for hosting a European Championship match. It will be the same for both teams but we expected a different pitch to this one. It's a shame."

The final score confirmed his fears. A 1-0 defeat to a team that the Italian side should have cruised past was not the ideal way to finish the group stage, as momentum going into the knockout rounds of a major tournament is important. 

However, it was unlikely a case of getting excuses in early ahead of the final whistle, and the result meant very little in the grand scheme of things as Italy still finished top of Group E.

Instead, it was maybe a hint of what Chelsea fans, and the players, should expect once Conte arrives in England.  

Perfectionist and Defensive

It's this attitude, one that drives towards perfection, that the club may need. Past managers have tried it, the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, and Roberto Di Matteo, to name a few, have all tried to put a perfect stamp on Chelsea. All inevitably failed, despite winning trophies along the way.

So what makes Conte different? What makes him favourite to succeed at a club that's famous for destroying managers? Perhaps perfection goes deeper.

The Italian is known for his defensive style, usually deploying his sides in a variation of the 3-5-2 formation. This maybe why Roman Abramovich picked him as Mourinho's successor. After all, he has a tendency for choosing defence-minded managers, which delights opposition fans, who will continue to chant "boring, boring Chelsea!".

It takes a lot of skill and determination to pull off the perfect defensive performance. The Blues failed to do it last year under Mourinho, and a lack of attacking intent caused fallout in the dressing room, which eventually led to the Portuguese coach departing Stamford Bridge.

Under Conte, it may be different.

He has already managed some of the biggest names in football while at Juventus. The likes of Gianluigi Buffon and Andrea Pirlo have both played under Conte and reserve the greatest of respect for their former manager.

So controlling the likes of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa, and Cesc Fabregas, who all contributed to the downfall of Mourinho, should be a walk in the park. 

Fans only have to wait a little while longer before finding out how Conte will fare at Chelsea, and judging by his Italian side's performances throughout Euro 2016 so far, and early indicators from the man himself, silverware should soon return to Stamford Bridge.

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