Juventus boss Antonio Conte has won the Panchina d’Oro award for the second season in a row.
The Bianconeri Coach was named as Italy’s best tactician at a ceremony on Monday, winning the title for guiding the Old Lady to another Scudetto in 2012/13.
The former midfielder won 26 votes, with Fiorentina’s Vincenzo Montella coming a close second with 23.
Ex-Napoli and current Inter man Walter Mazzarri came in third place.
Eusebio Di Francesco, who was sacked Sassuolo but is expected to be rehired by the Neroverdi later today, won the Best Coach in Serie B award.
On 6 May 2012, Conte led Juventus to its 28th scudetto with one round to spare by beating Cagliari 2–0. After beating Atalanta 3–1, Juventus finished the league unbeaten, the first team to do so since Serie A expanded to 20 teams and 38 rounds.
In spite of the numerous draws conceded by the Bianconeri, Antonio Conte has already won critical acclaim as Juventus manager and earned comparisons with José Mourinho. Like the latter, Conte has developed a reputation because of his obsession with tactics and his ability to win and to bond together his players. However, unlike the cautious Portuguese, Conte favours an attacking brand of football with 4–3–3 and 3–5–2 being his most frequently used formations in Turin.
In his first 10 months on the Juventus bench, Conte, a former fan favourite as a midfielder for the club, had already reached a number of landmarks. On 17 March 2012, following a 5–0 win over rivals Fiorentina, he equalled Fabio Capello’s run of 28 unbeaten games between November 2005 and May 2006. On 20 March 2012, he became the first coach to lead Juventus to a Coppa Italia final since Marcello Lippi in the 2004 Coppa Italia Final. On 25 March, following a 2–0 success at the Juventus Stadium he became the first coach to win both legs of the Derby d’Italia against rivals Internazionale since Fabio Capello in 2005–06.
Conte’s Juventus won the 2012/13 Serie A with relative ease. They accumulated 87 points, three more than the previous season where they also won the title, nine more than second placed Napoli and 15 more than third placed Milan. Despite their dominance, Juventus’ top goalscorers in the league where Vidal and Vucinic, both with just ten goals, meaning they were the equal 23rd in the goalscorers charts. This showed both the lack of a quality front line but also Conte’s ability to make all players on the park potential goalscorers. In his first Champions League campaign, Juventus were knocked out by Bayern in the quarter finals, losing 4-0 on aggregate.
Conte said after winning the award: “having won for the second time fills me with pride. … I dedicate it to my family, to my staff and to my players, without whom I would not be here.”