Trapattoni: Italian coaches more creative than English

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Former Italy and Juventus coach Giovanni Trapattoni has claimed that Italian coaches are more creative than their English counterparts.

Giovanni Trapattoni, widely considered to be the most successful club coach in Italian football history, has given his opinion on the differences between managing in Italy and England.

The 74-year-old's most recent post was with the Republic of Ireland but he is famous for winning six Scudetti with Juventus as well as the European Cup.

Some Italian journalists are comparing current Juventus boss Antonio Conte with Trapattoni, who coached him at the Bianconeri.

There have also been reports that Juventus' directors want Conte to emulate Sir Alex Ferguson's work at Manchester United, so La Gazzetta dello Sport asked Trapattoni whether he thinks that is possible.

"In Italy we are Italians and so we are creative," the Lombardy native said.

"While in England and Germany tradition is important and they have to think twice before they change anything, in Italy we are always looking for new things.

"The structure of the club is also different - in Italy the owner makes decisions not a board. I'd say that to have a Ferguson-style coach-father is very difficult."

Trapattoni also praised Conte, who is in search of his third consecutive Scudetto with Juventus.

"I see myself in Antonio, especially in the way he prepares for games," he said. 

"I hope I don't offend him when I say that I see him as being on my path. He was always versatile and intelligent as a player, a force of nature in defence and attack - it's no coincidence that he became a coach."

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