To put an end to the hegemony of Juventus in Italy, Inter Milan had recruited Antonio Conte. In two years, the transalpine coach has won his bet. Vice-champion last season, the Nerazzurro club flew over the championship this year, relegating the Old Lady (4th) to thirteen points. The Lombard plan therefore worked wonderfully. But he did not resist very long. For several months, the Italian press announced an Inter eager to sell several of its players and not really ready to carry out an XXL recruitment.
The finances of the nerazzurro club are in the red and its owner, Suning, has decided to shut down the floodgates. A possible sale of the club was even mentioned. A situation that has long cast doubt on the future of the ambitious Conte. Three weeks after celebrating the nineteenth Scudetto in its history, the trend was confirmed with the official announcement of Conte’s departure. Replaced by Simone Inzaghi, the now ex-Interiste confided for the first time about his departure in an interview with the Gazzetta dello Sport.
“It’s a special feeling, I can’t deny it. Just a few days ago, we were celebrating the Scudetto. But the veil of sadness and melancholy was immediately replaced by the enormous satisfaction of meeting so many fans who in the streets show me affection, esteem and gratitude. This “Thank you, sir” which is continually addressed to me is equally valid for me as a Scudetto. (…) I really gave everything, people know… ” Proud of the job done, Conte then went back to rumors that he returned his apron because his leaders couldn’t offer him a more competitive squad.
Conte is here to win
“I don’t play to participate, I play to win. The clubs call me for that. They all expect me to win and don’t give me gifts. (…) Winning is damn complicated, but repeating victories is even more so. I never demanded to coach teams that could win by smoking in the shower. These teams do not exist, I have almost always built them, but by accepting projects that had this ambition. I must see the light at the end of the tunnel, even if it is dim. I must see it and know that everyone will do their best to make it closer and more blinding until we reach it. “
Finally, the transalpine technician briefly mentioned his future. Announced very close to Tottenham, Conte should finally see Paulo Fonseca sit on the London sidelines. Regardless, the Italian seems open to anything. “In general, I like challenges and have always accepted them because even the big clubs that I have coached were not in the position of favorites when I took them in hand. But if there is something that does not convince me, I would rather not accept. “ To the best of my mind …