Antonio Conte will celebrate his 100th game as Juventus manager when the team lines up against Inter in tonight’s Derby d’Italia at the San Siro.
The 44-year-old, who enjoyed a stellar playing career in the black and white stripes before returning as head coach 2011, has overseen a remarkable transformation in the club’s fortunes throughout his two years in the hotseat.
Having fast tracked the Bianconeri to two back-to-back Scudetto victories and as many Super Cup triumphs since assuming the reins in Turin, Conte is now eyeing a historic third consecutive title success and further progress in Europe’s elite Champions League competition following last year’s quarter-final finish.
As someone who relishes the big occasion, Conte’s 100th game could not fall at a more appropriate time. Not only do two teams boasting 100 per cent starts to the season square up in Milan tonight, the encounter also represents the first chance for Walter Mazzarri’s new-look outfit to stake their claim as genuine title contenders.
But while the Nerazzurri are just starting out on their road to recovery, Conte can already count on a selection of statistics from his century of games in charge which make for impressive reading.
From the 99 fixtures played, Conte’s men have won 64, drawn 26 and lost nine, scoring 183 and conceding 65. These figures equate to a win percentage of 64.64%, with an average points haul of 2.20 per game.
The numbers, whilst remaining positive, take a slight dip when assessing the team’s performance in the Champions League and Coppa Italia. Last season’s exploits in Europe yielded five wins, three draws and two defeats - at the hands of eventual winners Bayern Munich - with an overall 50% success rate. In the Coppa Italia, Juventus have won five, drawn two and lost two, producing a win percentage of 55.56%.
Yet it is in Serie A where the team’s roaring success is most evident. In 78 championship games contested under Conte, Juventus have recorded 52 wins, 21 draws and just five defeats, scoring 144 goals and conceding 45, with a phenomenal average success rate of 66.67%.
Elsewhere, the two Super Cup final encounters - triumphs over Napoli and Lazio - saw the team rack up a maximum 100 per cent win rate, scoring eight goals and conceding two.
Yet while these undoubtedly impressive statistics and performances have drawn admiring glances from far and wide, Conte will have no intention of sitting back and admiring his work over the past 100 games.
Instead, the born winner will be found in his rightful place on the touchline, urging his men on as he strives to satisfy that unquenchable thirst for victory by inspiring his team to another priceless three points.