With the pressure rising on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Antonio Conte has already been flagged as a potential replacement for the Manchester United manager – and the Italian’s influence can be seen in Chelsea record signing Romelu Lukaku.
The Belgian forward – formerly of United – played a key part in Conte’s Inter Milan squad that dethroned Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus last season having been shown “what it took to win” during his time at San Siro.
He has since returned to Stamford Bridge in a deal worth £97million, with a return of three goals in seven games, whilst Manchester United pick up the pieces following a 5-0 home mauling by Liverpool.
Amid intense scrutiny over Solskajer’s future, the former United striker has already given an insight into Conte as a head coach.
“I had Antonio Conte there as a manager who really helped me and showed me what it took to win, and we did it in the second season,” the 28-year-old said earlier this season.
“To learn how to win is basically pushing the barrier. Every trainer has a different way of coaching, but with Antonio [Conte] we really learned how to go to the red zone. That was it.
“In the second season, we were much more consistent in winning big games. That made the difference against big opponents.
“As a player, the Italian game is so different. It’s so tactical and technical. You have to make the right run or movement to get another player free. We always had a lot of possession, so we were playing in the opposite half. Most of the time you were back to goal, and everything was going through me.
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