"From 2014, you could sense the strength of this club. Naturally, pockets of supporters needing winning over because they had a special relationship with Antonio Conte but looking at the squad I took on, I knew right from the start that we would continue to win.
"The goal for my first season was to not change too much, retain the Scudetto and begin to grow our profile in Europe. The backline I inherited could already play as a three or as a four; we are talking about some of the best defenders in the world.
"Funnily enough, I had more or less just retired when Barzagli was taking his first steps in the game; I remember telling him that if he continued playing as a midfielder, he wouldn't get out of Lega Pro (Serie C) and to play 15 metres deeper..."