Analyzing Antonio Conte's First Two Months as Italy Coach

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Analyzing Antonio Conte's First Two Months as Italy Coach
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On Tuesday, Antonio Conte will have been in charge of Italy for two months and one week.  In those nine weeks, he has engendered hot debate and optimism in equal measure.

Faced with the monumental task of rebuilding the Azzurri after yet another World Cup disappointment, Conte has responded by showing plenty of backbone.  He has excluded the talented but mercurial striker Mario Balotelli from both of his teams so far.  He has given chances to young players (Simone Zaza), overlooked players (Graziano Pelle) and players on whom most had given up (Sebastian Giovinco, Emanuele Giaccherini).

It's clear that Conte is trying to build this team in his image.  We've seen hallmarks of his successful Juve teams in his setup, but we've also seen some of those teams' faults as well.

It's still early in his tenure, but today we will take a deep look at Conte's Italy and see what has gone right and what decisions he may have to make in the months ahead.

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