As Andre Villas-Boas found out while Chelsea boss, it is one thing to have tactics – quite another to put them into action.
It is about the interplay between players, and the understanding that has been built into the side in regard to how it should operate.
With both Juventus and Italy, Conte built sides that truly flowed; that implicitly understood what to do given any set of circumstances.
And there are signs that Chelsea are heading in that direction – with key clues being dropped by players over the last few weeks as to what has made them click.
First there was N'Golo Kante, whose midfield partnership with Nemanja Matic has been at the very hart of Chelsea's turnaround.
The two play as a unit, and Matic is unrecognisable from the failing character who looked like he would rather be anywhere else last season.
Kante recently explained, of his relationship with Matic: “In training we have done a lot of work together, so in the game we can understand each other.
“When he goes forward, I stay back. When I go forward, he stays back.
“When you play together it's good to understand each other and I think it is a good partnership.”
That may seem like a simple balance to strike; yet how often last season did we see Matic fail to manage it when played alongside Cesc Fabregas (reluctant to go back), Mikel John Obi (reluctant to go forward) or Oscar (reluctant to do either).
While all three have been left out in the cold under Conte, the blame does not lie solely with them. Matic severely underperformed last season, and he has raised his game this term; while Kante has added his own brilliance to the side.
That tactical drilling was reinforced by Thibaut Courtois, speaking this weekend on international duty with Belgium.
Asked about the manager who had concentrated most upon tactical training during his career, the goalkeeper was quick to point to Conte with Diego Simeone next, and Jose Mourinho languishing in third place.
Some may consider Courtois' position to command an insignificant part in team tactics, but that is clearly not the case with Conte – who includes every position in that tight drilling of the side.
Mourinho, Courtois continued, was more about intensity: maintaining the enforcement of that single demanding plan of action we have come to know from the manager, rather than developing a style that reacts to any form of situation – as we are now seeing.
That ability to to respond to a demand for tactical diversity will surely then be a key requirement for any future signings for Conte's Chelsea.
While previous managers have been content to accommodate players such as Mikel, of whom it is often said 'he can do a job', the new order seems to expect players to be able to do more than just that one job.
Mikel, as we saw in Munich, is the perfect solution to a particular problem. But this tactical obsession (some have called Conte a 'tactics freak'), requires players like Victor Moses – who can adapt to fit the needs of a game.
All of this requires hard work, as Conte keeps telling us.
But the signs from those presently making a success of the new system are positive: they seem to be enjoying the intellectual, as well as the physical challenge.
Chelsea players will have heard stories over the summer about the tactical obsession of their new boss – and many may have been somewhat fearful of what was to come.
But if the soundings from Kante and Courtois are anything are to go by: they seem to be enjoying this, and the early signs of success it has started to deliver.