The 2006 World Cup winner explained why he sees himself in Napoli’s manager in an interview with Tuttosport.
has coached several Serie A managers such as
Gennaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Pippo Inzaghi,
in his World Cup-winning squad as the Azzurri’s manager.
“I am proud to hear them say I was an inspiration,”
“I often think about who is the most like me and I must say that I see myself in Gattuso for his team management. We are similar for this, he often tells me the same.
“Gattuso is not only grit, he is able to organise his team very well,”
Pirlo and Conte will face each other as Juventus and Inter managers on Sunday, the 72-year-old Italian praised both of his former players.
“They are smart people, Conte has always been so meticulous and Pirlo’s vision was above the average.”
The Italian asked whether the Sunday clash is decisive on Scudettuo's race or not, he responded:
“Not in terms of points, I think it’s too early, even if Inter win, there are many games left. It could make the difference on a mental level. Inter are ahead of Juve, because this is Conte’s second season at the club and he is improving the team.
“Andrea is making a radical change and I think he is reaping the rewards of his work.
“Inter and Juventus only have a problem. They depend too much on [Romelu] Lukaku and Cristiano Ronaldo. Without them, their potential is not the same, but it must he said they are two remarkable champions.”