It may be too early to describe what is going on at Juventus as a resurgence but what remains a fact is the mentality and character of the players that has shot up to an outstanding level.
Much of the positive changes at the Turin club have been credited to its young coach and club legend, Antonio Conte. As a player, Conte was known to be a winner with a very tough mentality. Many believe that Conte has transferred his winning mentality into the squad; an important factor that has previously been missing in the Juventus dressing room. The players go into every match to win it and the character remains the same even if they are trailing on goals.
The comeback against Napoli is a perfect example of what this Juventus side have become character-wise. After the equaliser, Conte’s men were seen pushing for victory in such a difficult stadium like the San Paolo.
In comparison over the past few seasons, the team morale went from poor to worse once they fall a goal behind or even after they lose the lead.
Conte’s impact can also be seen in individual players with the most notable being Claudio Marchisio. Conte’s arrival has seen Marchisio playing his best football in a Juventus shirt forming an impressive partnership with Pirlo and Vidal in the Bianconeri midfield.
Conte’s man management skill is also evident in the way Simone Pepe has stepped up his game this season, a feat that has reduced Milos Krasic to the bench. Conte recently joked on how he threatens Pepe with a rod full of nails so as to get the best out of the player.
Already this season, Conte’s team have recorded victories against title contenders such as AC Milan and Lazio. Juventus also enjoyed good successes against Parma and Palermo, while they also beat Inter Milan at the San Siro. As stated earlier, it is too early to draw conclusions but if this side continues to improve in this manner, they will achieve huge things together. With Conte at work, the fans appear to have a better hope of a successful season once again, and if this season ends with a Scudetto for Juventus, Antonio Conte might just be the right man to drive his former club back to domestic and European reckoning.