Antonio Conte: “In Private Inter’s Directors Agree With Me”

Inter coach Antonio Conte has continued to defend his rant during the press conference following the Nerazzurri’s disappointing 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League earlier this week, with his defence being noted in today’s paper edition of the Rome based newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

“Some took it as an outburst, but my words were constructive for the good of Inter. I think I was called to change something.”

“For nine years Inter have been out of every situation, with the exception of the last two years during which Spalletti did a great job, in light of the difficulties that I am also finding. I bring expectations, it’s inevitable. But I can’t just carry them on myself.”

“We all need to increase our workload if we want this team to be the hero again. If I create difficulties for some or if I push some to work in a way in which he is not used to, I’m sorry. I can’t change myself.”

“We must always go in search of excellence and we must all do it together, united and compact, because otherwise it would end up being all the same as the past. Woe betide to content yourself or accept to liven up. If I had to realise that it could not be done, then it would become difficult.”

The 50-year-old Italian coach, who has guided the Nerazzurri to one point behind league leaders Juventus are 11 games and could still push the team to the knockout rounds of the Champions League, continued by touching on why he has complained publicly.

“I feel like this team is mine. Market choices are always made in collaboration with the club knowing what you can and what you cannot do.”

“My only complaint is that when we built the squad, we did not put anticipate some situations that could happen again because they had already happened in the past, like the squad depth.”

“In private, managers are the first to recognise that there are things that should have been done better and on this we are in tune. On a numerical level we have been superficial and today, unfortunately, in a serene way, we are paying for something.”

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