It may have taken him an extra year, but former Chelsea head coach, and the last Premier League-winning Chelsea head coach, Antonio Conte has led Inter Milan to a long-awaited Scudetto, claiming their first Italian league title for eleven years and their 19th overall to pull one ahead of in-city rivals, AC Milan — and break Juventus’ stranglehold after nine straight (three of which Conte himself won as their coach).
With the 2-0 win over Crotone on Saturday combined with results elsewhere this weekend, Conte thus fulfilled his stated ambitions when joining his former team’s arch-rivals, and he did so in classic Conte style, with wing-backs and passion and hard work and paying great attention.
“The best thing I found at Inter was a group that trusted me completely. They trusted my leadership and my vision. That is the greatest thing. The lads developed and matured over the year and that’s what we needed. The Inter players are no longer those who participated. They are players who won.”
-Antonio Conte; source: Football Italia
Conte’s Inter, led by former Chelsea prospect (and recently rumored transfer target) Romelu Lukaku, have lost just two Serie A matches all season and have wrapped up the title with four games still to go. In the euphoria of this accomplishment, the immediate notion is to keep it going as long as possible of course.
“I am so happy for all the Inter fans in the world, for the team, the staff, the President and everyone. It was a wonderful year for us, I am truly proud to play for Inter. [...] For me and many of my teammates, this is our first league title [...] last year was good too, but yes, this was the best of my career.
“It’s wonderful and I hope to continue like this. I want to thank everyone, I am truly so happy.”
-Romelu Lukaku; source: Football Italia
Congrats to Big Rom and Antoniooooooooooooooo!