Antonio Conte: Great players working in a great team must have a strong, winning mentality
Tehran(KNA): Antonio Conte says he does not believe in the old-fashioned managerial tactic of creating a siege mentality, describing it as “stupid”, but instead argued the key is just to create a “strong mentality”.
The tactic of bringing up criticism or decisions to motivate players has been one used by managers throughout the game’s history, from Brian Clough to Sir Alex Ferguson to his predecessor Jose Mourinho, but Conte doesn’t see the need.
“No, I think we have to try and we are working under this aspect to create a strong mentality,” he said ahead of his side’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
“Not because we have to build a strong mentality and you have to feel under attack. This is a stupid thing. I have to transfer to my players, 'Oh, we are under attack from the referees, from the journalists and the other teams'? This is not the right way.
“We are in a great team. I work with great players. Great players working in a great team must have a strong, winning mentality. They don't need to have other stimulation, other situations to push themselves to create this mentality. You have to create this mentality because every player playing for a great team must have a strong, winning mentality.”
Conte also said he was optimistic about the season, even though his team have so far drawn all five games of 2018, and only scored three goals.
“We must be optimistic. There are four months to play. Good targets. We are in the semi-final of the Carabao Cup with the possibility of reaching the final, the fourth round of the FA Cup, the Champions League, and we're fighting for a Champions League place in the league. We must be optimistic and continue to work. Our work must give us the right optimism.”