In his prime, Diego Milito was one of the best and most lethal strikers in the world. The former Argentina international was a key player in Inter Milan’s treble-winning team of 2009-10, which was coached by current Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
The former Real Zaragoza and Genoa star would know how much of an impact a coach can have on his players, which is why his comments about the Juventus squad being affected by the departure of Antonio Conte could be good news for Manchester United and Chelsea.
‘What effect will Antonio Conte’s Juventus exit have on the Serie A race next season?’ the 35-year-old told Goal.com. ‘For me, a big effect.
‘Massimiliano Allegri has replaced Conte, but he has been key to the last three titles Juventus have won and the players will be affected by his exit. He gave the club a style of play and a winning mentality that the players transmitted on the pitch’.
Indeed, Conte’s exit could lead Juventus to lose their domination of Serie A after three years and, perhaps more importantly, it could also lead to some key players’ exit.
Under Conte, both players flourished and established themselves as two of the best midfielders on the planet, and the Italian’s departure could make the duo think about their futures.
For the past three years, Juventus’s ‘project’ looked to be flying and, despite disappointments in the Champions League, there were clear indications that the Bianconeri were progressing.
However, Conte resigned claiming that it ‘may be more difficult to keep winning with Juventus’, and now there is a chance that some of the big names in the team could follow him - after all, top players want to win trophies and if their trusted coach cannot guarantee that, then there is a problem.
Conte’s replacement, Massimiliano Allegri, is a former AC Milan coach and has worked with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kaka and Thiago Silva among others, but if United and Chelsea want to sign Vidal and Pogba respectively, then this could be the time when they swoop in and do so.