The most iconic managerial moments of Antonio Conte

From dominating Italian football and becoming one of the best coaches in world football to match fixing scandals and lawsuits, Antonio Conte has provided some iconic moments.

From dominating Italian football and becoming one of the best coaches in world football to match fixing scandals and lawsuits, Antonio Conte has provided some iconic moments during his highly entertaining managerial career.

Antonio Conte has once again hit the headlines across Europe following his title winning season with Serie A side Inter Milan. However, he hasn't always been hitting the headlines for the right reasons.

Following stints with JuventusChelsea and the Italian national team, Conte has truly made a name for himself with his impact on European football as well as his passionate touchline antics.

From fallouts to multiple honours and being crowned king of Italy once again, here's Planet Sport's look at what has been a fascinating managerial career for the Italian legend.

The Conte Formation

Antonio Conte has made an impact at every team he has coached, instilling a true winning mentality at them all.

The Italian coach is renowned for his tactical obsession and it is something he tries to drill into every single one of players during training.

This obsession with tactics gave birth to what is now dubbed as the 'Conte Formation'. A formation that was in fact relevant during his playing days, it consists of a three-man defence, with wing-backs as opposed to full-backs, and two dominating box-to-box midfielders.

During Conte's time at Juventus, where he achieved great success, it was also noticeable that several other clubs in the Serie A had started to copy his formation due to its effect on games.

When Frank Lampard's Chelsea side beat Tottenham Hotspur in a league game in 2019 while utilising a similar formation to that of Conte's, a disgruntled Jose Mourinho stated after the match that Lampard was now just a 'Conte clone'.

Turning Juventus into a formidable force

Following brief initial success in his managerial career at sides including Bari and Siena, Conte was announced as the new head coach of Juventus in 2011, a club that he had already achieved legendary status with during his playing days.

Conte didn't take long to make an instant impact at his beloved club as he had transformed them into literally an unbeatable side. Juventus finished Conte's first league season in charge undefeated, the first team to do so since the Serie A had expanded.

Not only did Conte guide Juve to the title in his first season, he also won them their first Coppa Italia final since 2004, although they went on to lose the final, which was their only loss in domestic competitions that season.

Having helped guide Juventus back to the summit of Italian football, Conte's dominance didn't stop there as he guided the Old Lady to consecutive Serie A titles in his second season.

In Conte's third season in charge Juventus broke records once again as he clinched yet another Serie A title for the third season in a row, and by doing so broke the record for most points in the league, finishing on 102 points.

This wasn't just an Italian record, it was also the highest points tally across the top 10 leagues in Europe. On top of that, Juventus had recorded a perfect home record during the season with 19 wins from 19 games.

Match-fixing scandal

Being a manager wasn't always going to be an easy ride for Conte, as he found out in 2012 when he received a 10 month ban for his role in a match-fixing scandal.

During his time in charge at Serie B side Siena, Conte was accused of failure to report a match-fixing attempt.

According to reports, Conte was present when the owner of Siena had indirectly asked the players to draw the match in order for himself to return a large profit. The match did indeed end in a draw, and suspicions started to rise.

There were further accusations over another game that had been fixed whilst Conte was in charge - this time a 1-0 defeat. Despite having no role in the match fixing itself, it was deemed that Conte had withheld this information and was handed a 10 month ban from football.

Conte maintained his innocence throughout, stating that he had no idea about the suspected match fixing and would lodge an appeal against the verdict.

Following the backing of his current club at the time, Juventus, they would lodge further appeals that would be successful in reducing his touchline ban from 10 months to just four.

Following more legal proceedings in 2016, Conte was eventually cleared of any wrongdoings. "Today finally draws a line under this ugly story," Conte said.

However, this wasn't the last Conte would hear of the scandal. Following a feud during his time in the Premier League, Jose Mourinho would aim a dig at Conte in a press conference stating: "What never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match-fixing."

Conte would respond brutally by saying: "I think when there are these types of comments, comments where you try to offend the person and don't know the truth, then you are a little man."

Even though Conte has been acquitted of all charges, the match fixing scandal is still a defining moment in Conte's career.

Touchline antics

To say that Conte was a passionate man when it came to football would be an understatement, as his touchline antics throughout the years have shown.

From the first whistle to the very last, Conte cuts an animated figure on the touchline, often screaming instructions and reacting to every kick of the ball.

These passionate antics have become a vital part of Conte's coaching tactics as it is often used to inspire his sides to victory and celebrate with the fans as he goes through every emotion during a game.

This was most notable during his spell at Chelsea when they ran out 4-0 winners against rivals Manchester United in the Premier League. Conte celebrated each goal emphatically with the fans as they demolished an admittedly poor United side.

After the game Mourinho expressed his frustration at Conte's antics, labelling him as a 'clown'. Mourinho also reportedly told Conte that his hysterical celebrations had humiliated himself and his side.

However, these antics have occasionally landed Conte in hot water too.

Most recently Conte clashed with the referee in a Serie A game against Udinese about the amount of stoppage time added on in their stalemate draw.

Conte was originally sent off for dissent during the match and later received a two game ban.

Whether he uses it for good or for bad, Conte's passion on the sidelines has always been a highlight throughout his managerial career.

Chelsea heroics

Antonio Conte lifting the Premier League
Antonio Conte lifting the Premier League

Conte was appointed as the new head coach of Chelsea in the summer of 2016 following a spell as the head coach of Italy.

After a dismal season prior to Conte's arrival, the Italian coach was brought in to try and rejuvenate a side that had been performing well below par and take them back to the top of the Premier League.

Conte got off to a flying start with his new club, with a switch in formation back to his preferred 3-4-3 helping Chelsea go on an impressive 13-match winning run, breaking their own club record and equalling the league record in the process.

During that time Conte also became the first ever Premier League manager to win three consecutive Manager of the Month awards. Quite some achievement for his first few months in charge.

It hadn't taken Conte long to transform Chelsea back into a formidable side and that was shown through Chelsea's dominance in the league that season, winning the Premier League with two games to spare.

In the process of winning the league, Conte had managed to set a new Premier League record for the most wins in a single season, with 30 wins from 38 games.

Conte would also go on to secure another trophy the following season with the club after they beat long standing rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea Downfall

Things were not quite as they seemed for Conte at Chelsea however, as behind the scenes there was trouble brewing.

Despite winning the FA Cup in Conte's second season at the club, Chelsea had underperformed in their attempted retention of the Premier League, finishing in fifth place and out of the Champions League spots.

This was in large part down to the training ground fall-outs with certain players, and the surprise handling and exclusion from the squad of star striker, Diego Costa.

Conte and Costa had endured numerous clashes whilst at the club, including one surrounding the match fitness of the striker which reportedly ended in Conte telling Costa to join a team in China instead.

This clash of personalities only went from bad to worse with Conte allegedly sending a text message to Costa stating that he was no longer part of his plans for the club.

Costa was therefore ordered to train with the reserves whilst Conte would find his successor in the transfer market, but Costa refused and instead remained on holiday in Brazil whilst forcing a move back to his previous club, Atletico Madrid.

Conte's relationship with the Chelsea squad was never quite the same due to this fall-out with a popular team member. One of Costa's closest teammates, Willian, appeared to block out Conte on a picture of their FA Cup celebrations which he uploaded onto Instagram.

Therefore, it was apparent to Chelsea owner, Roman Abramovich, that Conte wasn't quite the perfect fit for his club after all and subsequently fired the Italian after two years at the club..

The sacking of Conte reportedly cost Chelsea a whopping £26.6 million in fees to Conte and his legal team following a legal battle in which Conte was adjudged to have been unfairly dismissed.

After a dream start to life at Chelsea, it certainly ended on a sour note for the Italian.

King of Italy once again

Conte ended Inter's wait for Serie A title
Conte ended Inter's wait for Serie A title

Conte returned to his home country when he was appointed as the new head coach of Inter Milan for the 2019/20 season.

The former Juve boss was brought in to try and stop his former club's dominance in the Italian league. Juventus had won eight consecutive league titles and it was down to Conte to put an end to what he had started.

Inter Milan hadn't won the league for 10 years, although they almost managed it Conte's first season at the club, finishing in second place to Juventus yet again. Conte had also taken Inter to the Europa League final, which they narrowly lost to Spanish side Sevilla.

It was an impressive year for Conte, but these two end of season disappointments would spur his side on even more for the following season.

In emphatic fashion, Conte's Inter side would go on to dominate the league for most parts of the 2020/21 season as they finally looked like real title contenders.

With still four games left of the season to go, Inter were crowned Serie A champions for the first time in 11 years.

Conte had achieved the almost unthinkable and knocked his former club off top spot, putting an end to their dominance and preventing Juventus from winning a tenth league title on the bounce.

It had taken Conte only two years to form a squad capable of becoming Italian Champions once again, which he later stated as being 'one of the most important successes' of his career.

However, following the conclusion of the season, and with debts mounting at the San Siro club, Conte opted to move on again and seek another fresh challenge.