Chelsea have the capability of mounting a serious challenge for next season’s Champions League because of their tireless, unrelenting manager Antonio Conte.
That is the view of Gianluigi Buffon, who worked under Conte during the latter’s time at the helm of Juventus and the senior Italian national side.
The legendary goalkeeper was quoted in the Daily Mirror, as he explained why the Premier League champions had a great chance of securing only their second ever European Cup triumph when the 2017/18 campaign rolls around.
The goalkeeper who is preparing for the 2017 Champions League final against Real Madrid on Sunday affirmed his belief that Conte’s desire to be the best is a major strength for Chelsea next term.
He said: “Much has been spoken about how passionate and fiery Conte can be, which is true, but the reality is he gets so much from his players because he gives so much.
“He will never switch off from the game. Even now, I’m sure he is lying on a beach with his family but he will be thinking about next season, trying to sign new players, how the team can improve. He gives everything.
The legendary keeper also expects the other English clubs to provide a stronger showing in Europe’s premier club competition.
“Next season, under Conte, I expect that Chelsea will be one of the big challenges in the Champions League. Then coaches like Pep (Guardiola) and (Jose) Mourinho, who have had a lot of success in Europe, will also be strong. It will be their second season with their clubs and they can also challenge.”
Buffon will be part of I Binaconeri’s side that will face off against defending champions Real Madrid on Saturday as he bids to lift the only trophy that has eluded him throughout his scintillating playing career.
The 38-year-old shot stopper got to know Chelsea boss Conte well during their time together and club and international level, and Buffon added that he predicted that the Blues would be a much stronger force next season – particularly in Europe – if the 47-year-old is allowed to bring in the players he wants to bolster his senior set up at Stamford Bridge.
He said: “He can make Chelsea strong in Europe – that is for sure. They already have players like Hazard who, for me, is already one of the top five players in the world, and this summer I’m sure they will bring in more quality.
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