Previous
Arsenal
Östersunds FK
1
2
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 4 - 2
Game Details
AC Milan
Ludogorets Razgrad
1
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 4 - 0
Game Details
Atalanta
Borussia Dortmund
1
1
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 4
Game Details
Atletico Madrid
FC Copenhagen
1
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 5 - 1
Game Details
RB Leipzig
Napoli
0
2
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 3 - 3
Game Details
Lazio
FCSB
5
1
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 5 - 2
Game Details
Braga
Marseille
1
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 3
Game Details
Lokomotiv Moscow
Nice
1
0
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 4 - 2
Game Details
Villarreal
Lyon
0
1
FT
Leg 2Aggregate: 1 - 4
Game Details
Next
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Antonio Conte leaves players 'dead' but he's one of the best - Chiellini

The FC crew answer your tweets on the offside law following the Lovren-Kane debacle, how many chances Antonio Conte has left and whether or not Steve Nicol misses coaching in MLS.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol is sick of Antonio Conte's self praise and argues the Chelsea manager isn't putting in the effort the job requires.
Amid speculation Antonio Conte could return to Italy, former Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley questions whether he will survive the season at Chelsea.

Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini has said his former boss Antonio Conte leaves players 'dead' with his training methods -- but insists the under-pressure Chelsea manager is one of the best around.

Speculation surrounds Conte's future at Chelsea despite him having guided them to the Premier League title last season.

But Chiellini, 33, a mainstay of Juve's success under Conte, told the Daily Mail he had no doubt that he was a special coach and praised his "Italian passion."

He said: "It is not only in the match with Conte. It is all day, every training session. He is like a police sergeant.

"We felt something very special in his atmosphere, for three years with him at Juventus and two years in the national team.

"When you finish training, you are dead. Not tired -- dead. You can do it only because you believe in what he does.

"You are 100 percent with him. He creates an atmosphere, everyone gives energy to each other. For sure he is one of the very best."

Giorgio Chiellini has hailed Antonio Conte's 'Italian passion.'

Italy failed to qualify for the forthcoming World Cup in Russia, and Chiellini said he believed the success of Pep Guardiola had "spoiled and ruined the Italian defender."

He added: "He is a fantastic coach with a fantastic mind, but Italian trainers have tried to copy him without the same knowledge and then, in the last 10 years, we lost our identity.

"We lost our identity of [Paolo] Maldini, [Franco] Baresi, [Fabio] Cannavaro, [Alessandro] Nesta, [Giuseppe] Bergomi, [Claudio] Gentile, [Gaetano] Scirea ... between 1984 and 1995, we have only [Leonardo] Bonucci.

"In 10 years, we didn't launch one good defender. I hope now we restart and relaunch Italian football. The World Cup result [failing to qualify] is the proof of our problem."

Juventus face Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League next week and Chiellini said he was looking forward to the challenge of facing prolific Spurs striker Harry Kane.

"Harry Kane is a fantastic player," he said. "He played against us three years ago and he has really improved.

"Now he scores more than Messi in a calendar year ... and that's very different to scoring more than Chiellini!"

Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.