Have not watched the game (superstition reasons) but looking at the goal, it's something that Conte has always impressed me ever since his Juve days.
The way his team attack at times is just so organized/skirmished. It looks like a goal straight out of a training ground sessions. It's not just some random football improvisation/brilliance but something that the team worked on and grinded for many many times.
Sure it may blunt our attack and creativity but as I have said numerous times in this thread, this ain't the time to swag. This is the time to win.
Excellent game preparation and horrendous game management for today.
Conte is blameless at the first half. It is not his fault if most of our players do not turn up for the match. Darmian seems hasn't playing football for 2 years, Young is mediocre at best, Lukaku cannot find space, and Alexis is closer to become their defender than to our attacker. Our strategy largely overwhelms Cagliari, see how our players understand their role and movement leading to the goal. We only suffer little trouble when we approach final third and Pavoletti wins individual physical duel against Bastoni but that's it.
The second half should incense every Interista. It is clear Alexis and Darmian are not in the game at all while we have superior Lautaro and Hakimi sitting on the bench. Then we choose to hunker down in the last 10 minutes with Gags and Vecino double subbed on. At least Conte can sub on Vidal instead of Gagscino because the former is much better defensively.
The guys have been playing every 3 days for the last 3 weeks or something so I wasn’t expecting another great game today and Conte needs to manage the players to avoid injuries. Hopefully he’ll give the guys a day or two off and give the players some rest ahead of napoli.
Having an absent ownership proved helpful in the Scudetto run. A serious management would have reprimanded Conte for failing in Europe, but instead they just let everything be and in the long run, this allowed the team to focus on the Scudetto. A lot of frustration, but results have gone mostly our way, so he deserves credit for handling the Europe disaster well.