It has been almost 11 months now that Chelsea’s former beloved manager Jose Mourinho was sacked from Stamford Bridge. Since then new manager Antonio Conte has taken over, and turned us from pushovers to title challengers.
It was inevitable that comparison would be taking place, and it has been going on right from the start of the season. We have had fans, pundits, ex players and even present players from Chelsea itself talking about who has helped them more. And most have not exactly been very kind to the former Porto manager.
In the latest series of such comparisons, one has come up from the Belgian camp again. Just like Eden Hazard had taken a jibe at Jose Mourinho earlier, saying Conte is a better coach since he had been a footballer himself unlike the Portuguese, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has come up with another suggestion.
Belgium and Chelsea star Thibaut Courtois was talking about which manager in his club career was the most tactical, and according to him, Antonio Conte is by far the clear winner. In fact, according to the 23 year old, the Portuguese is not even placed at second place.
When asked about which of his managers in club football focused the most on tactics, he said it was Antonio Conte, followed by Diego Simeone, his manager at Atletico Madrid. Jose Mourinho, according to him, was the manager who concentrated on tactics the least.
Now this comment may not go down well with the current Manchester United manager, who has been known as a tactical mastermind over the years. But it is what it is, and make what you will of the Belgian’s comment, but that is just his opinion.
But Courtois has always maintained that he is grateful to Mourinho for bringing him into the club even when Petr Cech was here, and for letting him play ahead of him. So no hard feelings I guess!!