Former Chelsea manager, Carlo Ancelotti has praised incoming Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, saying he is the right man for the job.
The Italian manager was captain of Juventus when Ancelotti took over in 1999, spending two years at the helm.
And now he is a recipient of praise from Ancelotti, who has lauded his leadership skills.
“When I arrived at Juventus as the manager in 1999, Antonio Conte was the captain of the club, an Italy international and a player who had a lot of influence in the dressing room,” he wrote in The Telegraph.
“And when I needed a leader in the team he was the obvious choice.”
While Ancelotti is taking over at Bayern Munich this summer, Conte will begin his role as Chelsea coach fter his time with Italy finishes at Euro 2016.
Ancelotti remembers Conte as a willing learner who he knew would eventually move into coaching.
“All the time he was watching and learning. I knew that he was going to be a coach one day,” he wrote.
As for his management style, Ancelotti discussed the various demands Conte – who led Juve to three consecutive Serie A titles as coach – would make of his squad.
“There are certain things that he will not compromise on, and it will be the same when he comes to Chelsea,” he wrote.
“He wants all his players to follow him, and he wants a good team spirit. He is not afraid to tell the media what he thinks of their opinions either.
“In Conte’s philosophy, you are either with the team or you’re against them. There is no middle ground.”