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Italian’s Abroad- Conte avoids disaster while Ranieri impresses

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Antonio Conte managed to bring Chelsea back from the brink of disaster, while Claudio Ranieri continues to work wonders at Ligue 1 side Nantes.

Check out this past weeks ‘Italian’s Abroad’ wrap-up.

Star: Simone Zaza (Valencia – La Liga)

What a revival this man is having at Valencia.

Only second to Lionel Messi (alongside Villareal’s Cédric Bakambu) in the La Liga goalscoring charts, Zaza has helped to make Valencia a genuine third place contender – sitting second separated by only four points behind Barcelona and 1 point ahead of Real Madrid.

Valencia are playing some tantalising football, spearheaded by the Italian with 8 goals so far this season.

Holding off his defender, Zaza managed to sublimely place his shot into goal with ease.

Ventura, are you watching?

Over-achieving: Claudio Ranieri (Nantes – Ligue 1)

Nantes’ Italian head coach Claudio Ranieri looks at his players warming up prior to the French L1 football match Nantes vs Metz at the La Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, western France, on September 30, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCE (Photo credit should read LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images)

Could this be Leicester 2.0?

Ranieri is working wonders with this outfit who have been perennial underdogs. They grabbed a 2-1 over Guingamp and currently sit third, only six points behind leaders PSG.

Who else is cheering for Ranieri?

Resurgent: Antonio Conte (Chelsea – Premier League)

Conte avoided a disaster in their game against Silva’s Watford who punished Chelsea constantly until they finally got to grips with the game.

Let’s face it – they were poor and, at times, Conte looked like he wanted to throw a number of objects at his players. With a few key subs in the second half, Chelsea found themselves 4-2 up, and more importantly, keeping in touch with the EPL title race.

Vying for a call-up: Sebastian Giovinco (Toronto FC – MLS)

The ‘Atomic Ant’ scored in their 2-2 draw Sunday to seal up a successful MLS regular season in the Eastern Conference with a record-breaking 69 points.

Suffice to say, Giovinco was ecstatic with their game and goal, as he chugged the beer hurled at him as part of his celebration.

Unable to score: Manolo Gabbiadini (Southampton – EPL)

The Italian probably was unlucky not to score as he had a decent game against West Brom – brimmed with confidence after his heroic displays the week prior notching a needed brace vs Newcastle.

This week, it was Foster and the West Brom defence who managed to stop Gabbiadini, who still caused plenty of trouble for them through his diagonal runs from the start.

After a slow start to the campaign, the former Napoli attacker seems to be finally building trust with Mauricio Pellegrino and finding some positive form for the Saints.

 

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