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5 Things Losing Antonio Conte Means to Juventus

5 Things Losing Antonio Conte Means to Juventus

Antonio Conte, Juventus FC v Atalanta BC  - Serie A
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Antonio Conte has resigned as the manager of Juventus FC. The Italian coach had just signed a one-year extension, which would have seen him at the helm until the summer of 2015. Conte led Juve to three-consecutive Serie A titles and the first since the Calciopoli scandal that rocked the Turin club. The Italian’s departure will be hard on Juventus and their fans for these reasons.

5. Loss of Vision

Juventus Stadium: FC Juventus v Notts County - Pre Season Friendly
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5. Loss of Vision

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Juventus was a club in ruins before Conte arrived. The Old Lady had successfully gained promotion from Serie B after the Calciopoli scandal, but could not restore themselves to the pinnacle of Italian football until the arrival of their former captain. With Conte, Juventus got three successive scudetti and a vision to conquer Europe. The loss of their manager will be a blow to their aspirations.

4. Possible Exodus

Pogba, Vidal: Atalanta BC v Juventus - Serie A
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4. Possible Exodus

Pogba, Vidal: Atalanta BC v Juventus - Serie A
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With Conte’s departure, Juventus may see key players depart from the club. Current captain Gianluigi Buffon voiced his disappointment at losing a great coach. High demand players like Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba may be tempted to leave if the right club comes calling.

3. Loss of a Great Tactician

Antonio Conte at bench: Inter Milano v Juventus - Serie A
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3. Loss of a Great Tactician

Antonio Conte at bench: Inter Milano v Juventus - Serie A
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Conte is a coach who obsesses over tactics, because of this, he has been compared to Jose Mourinho. Unlike the Portuguese tactician, Conte prefers to play an attacking style with a 3-5-2 formation. His approach to the game has brought great success to Juventus and challenged the footballing world that prefered the 4-5-1 formation. His departure signals a loss of a great tactician.

2. Loss of Appeal as a Destination

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2. Loss of Appeal as a Destination

Rafters Juventus Stadium: Juventus v Cagliari Calcio - Serie A
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It is no secret that the Italian Serie A has lost some of its luster as a league and as a destination for top talent. Juventus had been an exception to the rule, because of their dominance during Conte’s reign. Top players might be reluctant to join the Turin club unless a world-class manager arrives.

1. Loss of a Legend

Antonio Conte: Player
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1. Loss of a Legend

Antonio Conte: Player
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Conte made over 400 appearances as a player for La Vecchia Signora over a span of 13 years. The former Juve midfielder captained the Old Lady’s from 1996-2001 until the ascendency of Alessandro Del Piero to the position. When Juventus refused to renew Del Piero’s contract, having Conte eased the pain. Conte is a man who truly understands what it means to wear the Juventus jersey and losing him will be a loss of a club legend.