Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte has criticized Inter’s leadership after beating Atalanta Bergamo 2-0. Despite the runner-up, things are going wrong with the Nerazzurri.
“Neither my work nor the work of the players was valued. That’s not the way to go,” said Conte after the game was over Sky Italia. He had rarely felt the necessary support from the association. Especially with criticism from outside, he and the team were not sufficiently protected by the club’s management.
“We’ll have to speak to the president, but he’s in China now,” said Conte. “We have a lot of work to do off the pitch!”
Conte led Inter in second place in his debut season, Milan just one point behind champions Juventus Turin. It was Inter’s best placement in nine years.
“We did well to isolate and form one, despite the difficulty of having only three central midfielders or two strikers,” said Conte. The Italian indicated that some board members had only just started on the winning streak but had not shown sufficient backing in weaker sporting phases of the season.
Antonio Conte doesn’t want to be a lightning rod again
Contes contract with Inter runs until 2022. However, the 51-year-old called for changes for the new season. “I can do the lightning rod in the first year, but in the second year … If we want to catch up with Juventus, we have to be strong on the pitch, but above all off the pitch,” said Conte.
Now he wants to concentrate on the Europa League. In the round of 16, Inter will meet Getafe on 5 August (9 p.m.).