‘Conte best Italy tactician’

by | Mar 25, 2015 15:40

Midfielder Marco Verratti says Antonio Conte is 'tactically' the best Coach he's ever had, whilst discussing his own role on the pitch.

The 22-year-old might have joined his current mentor earlier had he accepted a transfer to Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain, but he seems to be more than happy to work with him now.

“Every Coach has a different football philosophy,” he said in today's Press conference.

“Conte wants us to create numerical superiority with the intensity of our game.

Midfielder Marco Verratti says Antonio Conte is 'tactically' the best Coach he's ever had, whilst discussing his own role on the pitch.

The 22-year-old might have joined his current mentor earlier had he accepted a transfer to Juventus from Paris Saint-Germain, but he seems to be more than happy to work with him now.

“Every Coach has a different football philosophy,” he said in today's Press conference.

“Conte wants us to create numerical superiority with the intensity of our game.

“He's helping me understand many things and I comprehend him better every day. From a tactical point of view, he's the best Coach I’ve ever had.

“In the midfield, I’ve played in many positions. I feel good in all of them.

“A player's willingness to understand what the Coach wants from him is fundamental, and it's the same thing in the national team.

“I think I can play in front of the defence, but then I must not lose the ball. That's the most important thing in that position."

Verratti is arguably the most highly valued Italian player right now, but in his statements he opted for a decidedly humble approach.

“I don't think I'm the best player in the national team. There are some great champions ahead of me who have won everything.

“When [Andrea] Pirlo and [Daniele] De Rossi are here, it's normal that they should play.

“I'll always be available, but that doesn't mean I always have to play, I've got to earn my spot.

“A young player must work even harder because it's understandable that a Coach should rely on the experienced players first.

“I'll try, but I won't make a fuss if Pirlo comes back and I go on the bench.

“If I play together with Pirlo, then that'll be the Coach's decision. For a Coach it's good when there are many strong players. Competition helps you win trophies.”

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