Tuesday August 25 2020
Allegri natural next step for Inter

Inter wanted to become more like Juventus by hiring Antonio Conte, so Richard Hall thinks they should go the whole hog and upgrade to Max Allegri.

It would not be Inter without some drama. Their project looks to have been beaten black and blue after losing the Europa League Final, which was swiftly followed by rumours of Antonio Conte’s departure. It does seem that as before, their future may be based on blueprint that is completely black and white. Confusing, it is in fact simple. The Milanese could be putting in place the next stage of a process that served the Turin giants so well. After Beppe Marotta and Conte, the natural progression is Max Allegri.

Conte does not hold back when speaking his mind. His outburst to Sky Sport Italia about having ‘zero protection from the club’ is well documented and there has been talk ever since that he would leave. His comments after the Europa League Final also seemed to compound this, as he was speaking as if he had already left. Today the coach and President Steven Zhang will sit down to discuss the situation, but it seems highly likely he will leave by mutual consent. The Italian media are convinced there is only one candidate to take over, Allegri, and this would make sense for many reasons.

The most obvious is that it has been done before and with great success. Conte was of course the coach of Juventus and had embarked upon a project that would put The Old Lady back on top of Serie A. He had been successful, winning three back-to-back titles, but when he fell out with the club and left, they turned to an unpopular choice, Massimiliano Allegri. What happened next was he took that Juventus team and improved it by some considerable way.

Claudio Marchisio spoke during the 2014-15 season about the comparisons between coaches. His key observations were that Allegri was much more flexible, allowed them to change tactics within the game and focused on possession. He almost said that Allegri was too safe whilst lauding Conte’s results and claiming that they rigorously focused on one system, one formation. Whilst conceding Max’s’ style maybe better in Europe at this time, he had no idea how successful Juventus would go on to be.

The former Milan coach certainly did not come in with a sledgehammer at the Bianconeri and it is unlikely he would at Inter either. Beppe Marotta will give the club a friendly feel and they will (like Conte and Beppe) have the plan in place. When Allegri took over from Conte, he waited and kept the 3-5-2 until it became evident it was no longer working. Seven wins and one draw was a good start for Juventus that year, all of these games saw the same formation, albeit slightly less counter-attacking. It was only when Juventus lost to Genoa 1-0 on October 29 that he took action. The next match against Empoli (a 2-0 win) saw him employ his Christmas tree 4-3-2-1 formation, the next game they beat Parma 7-0.

This is not to say he did not revert to the old system or 4-4-2, the point was simply that they were flexible. In some ways, to teach these ideas at Inter would be slightly easier, because Conte has only been there for a season, and whilst they have played superbly under him, those movements will not yet be part of the institution.

There is of course risk in any appointment. Allegri was criticised at Juventus for his style becoming laboured and not adventurous enough, but one suspects Inter would trade that for trophies. Christian Eriksen, Stefano Sensi and Nicolò Barella would be absolutely vital to his plans as he likes to play with the ball, and what we have seen from Inter (the semi-final with Shakhtar Donetsk being an example) is that they prefer to physically impose themselves on the counter. The Dane would need to be at his best to give the potential new coach what he needs, because Inter are currently not a possession-based team.

There is an argument that Inter should try to keep Conte. His team are improving and it felt this season that the gap to Juventus had closed. Now with Andrea Pirlo in charge of the Old Lady (who is also a disciple of Allegri and the Italian media predict he will play in the same manner), it was thought that Conte potentially could have caught them next campaign. It does seem that Inter’s best-laid plans may have to change, but if they switch to Allegri, then it could still be seen as a major upgrade.

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Have your say...
1. Conte never wanted to leave, especially after Inter buying players for his beloved and rigid formation.
2. Conte only wanted more power over transfers, which is bad for the club on the long run.
3. Conte will never walk away from a 12m euro/year contract, and knew he won`t be fired.
4. Conte is passionate about winning, Allegri seems more specialised in damage control.
5. Conte will not miss the chance to win scudetto against Pirlo next year, should be easy now that he receives the Vidals
on the 31st August, 2020 at 12:27pm
Very poor to write an article before anything was set in stone, and now look, egg on your face. Conte is staying lol.
on the 27th August, 2020 at 4:22pm
@I Miss Juve, Ahh typical Inter fan. lol

You underestimate Juve's new CEO like the rest shallow minded fans do. I like it. You guys can stick with butthurt Marotta. A predictable family guy who can't hold on his own star players, can't bargain and is very happy to announce club's project on public.
on the 26th August, 2020 at 3:00pm
Now Conte has been confirmed lets hope he doesn't bring this up every time something goes slightly wrong and they can move forward with the project. Get the Tonali deal done, find a lwb (Please not Emerson) and then if Conte is so desperate to have him give him Vidal who should be available on the cheap. Then they can focus on shipping out a few players, the middle of the park in particular would be bloated if Tonali and Vidal came in. Vecino, Gagliardini and Valero all out + possibly Broz
on the 26th August, 2020 at 9:31am

Whilst it's all irrelevant now anyway that Conte is staying are you telling me that in 5 years of being in charge Allegri couldn't get Juve to buy the players he wanted to play a 4-3-1-2?
on the 26th August, 2020 at 9:21am

No he doesnt lol, he likes 4-3-1-2. at Juve he never had the players to play that so he never did

thats what makes him flexible too

4-3-1-2 or 3-4-3 or 4-2-3-1 he'll play anything to suit the players unlike Conte
on the 26th August, 2020 at 2:45am

Allegri can switch, though, and is far more flexible than Conte. Also, he did play with two strikers before in his 3-5-2: Tevez and Morata.
on the 25th August, 2020 at 10:45pm
A Clown who always aims for team Conte's built, where no competition is around. aimed for Italy after the euros, now wants Conte's Inter after Conte's Juve.
on the 25th August, 2020 at 9:36pm
@Pinturicchio... there is some truth about his first comment. @Frank Montegan... what you are saying is very close minded. In other interpretation, do you mean buying champions like Ronaldo implies that Juve was trying to copy Real for CL success? or did you copy AC when you Juve hired Allegri? Capello? ...and Juve kicked them out, not that Inter stole them! @Anonymous... Stick with Paratici, it's better for Serie A!
on the 25th August, 2020 at 4:07pm
Allegri being more flexible then Conte, haha!! He is more pragmatic, so much more that you will not win any Euro comp. Conte has become the better coach, he builds teams, Allegri is just a caretaker coach. Conte's problem is he brakes down from too much stress. If he learns to manage the stress and not get to his head he will be winning more silverware. Inter, you have some good players but get ready for some of the most drab, horribly boring football. Your players talents will rot.
on the 25th August, 2020 at 3:40pm
It's too much pressure to be like JUVENTUS etc and too much manager changes. They should aim for any trophies WON.if conte stays he can overtake pirlo for SCUDETTO as it's pirlo first season etc
on the 25th August, 2020 at 3:00pm
@Old Lady  I'm just stating facts. You think Allegri was the reason Juventus reached 2 UCL finals? You realize that BBBC was, without a shadow of a doubt, the best defensive setup in the last 15 years, do you? Because of them Italy even reached Euro 2012 finals. Juventus capitulating to Bayern after being 2-0 up was due to Allegri... Juventus being timid in finals was due to Allegri. Marotta wasn't the brains behind Pirlo, Barzagli, Pogba, Vidal. 
on the 25th August, 2020 at 1:39pm
@ Anon2020

I agree with some of your points regarding Allegri being more flexible than Conte but how is the current Inter squad full of players who fit into Allegris favourite formation? He likes to play with 1 striker and 2 wingers. Inter have no wingers and 2 world class strikers so one would have to be dropped or played out of position.
on the 25th August, 2020 at 1:32pm
@pinturicchio - fans like you that make the rest of us look arrogant. We basically crawled to the finish line this season, crashed out of the UCL.. we fired a manager that deserved time and a team that actually suits his style.. also much better team than inter? Marotta is twice the director that paratici is and his signings prove it. We sign Ramsay and rabiot, overplayed, injury prone and over rated, inter going after eriksen, barella, Lukaku, hakimi etc. Tonali preferring them says it alll!!
on the 25th August, 2020 at 12:57pm
@Pinturicchio Hahahahahahaha, Allegri will pose 10 times the threat that Conte would've if he signs, he is far more flexible and the players Inter currently has basically fits his favorite formation easily, they wont have to sell Skrinier for no reason either FYI i aint even an Inter fan
on the 25th August, 2020 at 12:29pm
Says a lot about a club when they desperately have to continue copying their superior opponent in order to feel they have a chance to actually win a scudetto. Even if Inter should do the unfathomable and win the scudetto, it will always have a Juventus imprint on it - CEO and the last 2 coaches would have come from Juve. Simply pathetic Inter!
on the 25th August, 2020 at 11:42am
If Conte is not careful he will make himself toxic and unemployable. I think he did well in his first year at Inter and his ‘outburst’ will alienate a lot of potential employers - as will his wage demands. Plus he is developing a reputation for ‘short termism’.
on the 25th August, 2020 at 8:35am
Yeah, no surprise Inter will be so predictable under the helm of simple minded Marotta. He is doing copy paste of Juve's model, but without Paratici on his side, we all know that won't work unless you're a deluded Inter fan.
on the 25th August, 2020 at 8:21am
For a while there, I genuinely felt that a seasoned tactician like Conte against a newcomer like Pirlo, would even the scales in the battle for the Scudetto 2021... seeing as Juventus have a much better squad and momentum behind them.

Glad Inter management and Conte himself imploded and the shift of power has tilted back in Juventus' favour, and Serie A is returning back to normalcy.

on the 25th August, 2020 at 7:13am
Conte is an oddball. He seems like a good manager, but throws his toys out of the pram far too often

Allegri is probably Inter's best bet, through Simeone might be possible now or soon after

He always seemed to verge on greatness at Juve, often coming so close to genius before retreating back into his shell and failing (Bayern away when 2 - 0 up being the prime example)

But he's better in Europe than Conte, less hot-headed, and more flexible

Let's see if he can bridge the gap to greatness
on the 25th August, 2020 at 1:41am

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