Antonio Conte believes his side’s leadership on the Serie A table is the product of what he has been doing since last season, which was ‘already an enormous step forward’ for Inter. ‘It has been many years since Inter won.’
scored the opener forInter
32 seconds into the clash againstGenoa
. However, it was much later when they sealed the three points courtesy of
The win has handed the Nerazzurri 10 points advantage overJuventus
. It has also seen them seven points clear ofMilan
, with both teams having a game in hand.
I will watch Roma-Milan tonight, as football is my passion, so I’ll certainly be in front of the TV for that,
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We played against a Genoa side in great shape who I think had earned just one fewer point than we did in this period.
“We had the right approach, allowing Genoa little other than a few crosses. We scored three goals, Mattia Perin had to make several big saves, so we are happy.
“All the work is paying off, it had already started to last year, but the team is developing belief in its capabilities, understanding the situations both on and off the ball, when to be aggressive, when to hold possession.
“We know there are 14 games to go. As I said, facing Genoa and Parma seems easy on paper, but we have to prove that we are a team who always have our ears pricked for danger, not just in the big games, so we can give the Inter fans the joy they deserve.”
Some believe that Inter’s advantage inSerie A
is due to the fact that they are out of Europe and were vanquished by Juventus in the Coppa Italia semi-final. When asked whether the team has made a Scudetto pact, the coach responded:
“There has not been any Scudetto pact. These are Inter players, they must always have the ambition to win. It has been many years since Inter won anything, we came very close last season, despite the fact it was my first year.
“I think we went out of the Champions League undeservedly, but that made us look inside ourselves and realise we all had to raise the bar, to be more competitive.
“If we had been in the Champions League right now, I think we could’ve had our say in that tournament.”
Conte insisted that Inter’s advantage has been remarkable since he replaced Luciano Spalletti in 2019.
“In previous years, the gap with Juventus was a good 15 points for Inter. So if we want to be objective and calculate the gap from the leaders and Inter before I arrived, last season was already an enormous step forward.
“I think we simply continued the project and we are doing something important, but there are 14 games to go. We have to continue like this, knowing the team has grown in every way, that we created wonderful synergy and empathy between everyone here, but winning is the aim.”
As Inter are leading Serie A, the owners Suning are dealing with a financial crisis, putting the side up for sale.
A club like Inter, out of respect for the fans and history, has to concentrate on the field. Besides, all I can do is focus on what I can influence. The same goes for the players. There’s no point wasting time and energy on things we cannot influence.”
Conte was quizzed if he changes the squad ahead of facingParma
There are four days between the games, so we have the time to recover. We have the utmost respect for Parma, coached by my friend Roberto D’Aversa, so we have to take it one match at a time.”