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Conte may be a serial winner domestically but he hasn’t cracked Europe

Antonio Conte may be a serial winner domestically, but he has struggled to transmit that form in Europe and his record isn’t too dissimilar to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s.

Despite winning the Premier League and Serie A titles with Chelsea, Juventus and Inter Milan, Conte hasn’t yet conquered the Champions League.

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Unlike Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola and Thomas Tuchel, Conte has a rare blot on his managerial record, which is success in Europe’s top club competition.

If he eventually replaces the under-pressure Solskjaer at Old Trafford, there the calibre of managers that Conte would be competing against on all fronts.

Conte struggles in Europe

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In the two campaigns Conte’s Inter Milan qualified for the Champions League group stage, they failed to qualify for the knockout stage and had to settle for a place in the Europa League on the first occasion.

The Nerazzurri reached the final of the Europa League in 2019/20 before being beaten by serial winners Sevilla in the final.

In five Champions League campaigns, the Italian has only reached the quarter-final stage once.

When managing Juventus, he once failed to get out of a group that contained Real Madrid, Galatasaray and Copenhagen.

His only other successful venture getting out of the group stages resulted in his Chelsea side losing 4-1 on aggregate to Barcelona in the last 16.

His record from 34 Champions League matches is won 12, drawn 11 and lost 11, which gives him a points per match average of 1.38 (Transfermarkt).

How does Solskjaer compare to Conte?

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After taking over the reigns from Jose Mourinho, Solskjaer’s finest hour as United boss came on that famous night in Paris, where his depleted side overcame the odds to come back from the dead against Paris Saint Germain.

Similar to Conte, Solskjaer hasn’t been passed the quarter-finals after losing 4-0 on aggregate to Barcelona.

Our Champions League exit last season also brought a Europa League final appearance which came with penalty shootout heartache.

In Solskjaer’s 13 Champions League matches in charge of Manchester United, the Norwegian has won six and lost which brings an identical 1.38 points per match average as Conte.

There is no denying that Conte would improve us tactically domestically and hopefully turn us into major contenders.

But in order for him to be seen in the same glowing light as Klopp and Guardiola, he is going to have to improve in the Champions League.

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