Tuesday May 8 2012
Conte as special as Mourinho

Alessio Tacchinardi believes that Juventus boss Antonio Conte could rival Jose Mourinho as a coaching phenomenon.

Conte won his first Scudetto this weekend when the Old Lady netted the title at the first attempt following his summer move from newly promoted Siena.

“Conte, like Gianluca Vialli, was always a leader on the pitch and his experience was greatly needed,” Tacchinardi, a former teammate in Turin, told Radio Mana Mana.

“Conte is on the right road to become a great Coach like Mourinho. To be unbeaten in the Italian championship is absurd...”

The so far undefeated Juve lifted the championship with a game to spare after they beat Cagliari 2-0 on Sunday evening.

“The Scudetto was thoroughly deserved,” Tacchinardi continued. “Juventus played entertaining and dynamic football, while the squad was stupendous.

“It reminds me of my first Juventus and it’s a nice story after all that has happened. Italian football was missing Juventus and fortunately they have returned.”

The former Italian international also praised three players in particular for their efforts at the Juventus Stadium.

“Andrea Pirlo has run this season like he never has before. I didn’t expect him to work like Gennaro Gattuso and have the class of Zinedine Zidane.

“Mirko Vucinic has understood what it means to play for Juventus, while the player who impressed me the most was Andrea Barzagli.”

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