Last updated on October 1, 2019
Antonio Conte has returned into Italian soccer in fashion with Inter Milan flying high under his back-to-basics advice, before a Champions League trip to Barcelona which can examine the Serie A leaders’ continental credentials. Conte’s side extended their ideal league beginning to six wins for the first time in 53 years in the weekend with a 3-1 triumph in Sampdoria that arrived despite having to play the majority of the next half down a man.
They’re two points before ferocious competitions Juventus as they wait for a top-of-the-table battle at the San Siro on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Inter go for Catalonia on Wednesday off the rear of a shaky beginning in Group F, a 1-1 draw against Slavia Prague closed late following a below-par functionality that contrasts sharply with their national form.
Conte — allegedly the highest-paid trainer in Italy using a salary of 10 million euros (USD 10.8m) annually — believes his side is booming since he simplifies the match.
“I am a mentor who constantly gives an exact idea of soccer to his group. I appear to place the trend in strategies,” stated the former Chelsea and Juventus coach.
“My soccer has ever been organized, we’ve got a notion and work hard on a variety of scenarios.
“Our performances this year have shown organization and quality, but mindset makes the difference in getting out of tricky situations” Helenio Herrera was the final guy to direct Inter to win six straight games from the beginning of a league season back in 1966-1967, the three-time Serie A winner with also established them as a continental drive together with European Cup wins in 1964 and 1965.
“We should now press on the reset button, concentrate on Barcelona at Camp Nou,” insisted Conte, whose final trip to Barcelona with Chelsea finished in a 3-0 defeat in March 2018.
“We are getting into the ideal frame of mind. However, we sill need to develop a lot. We are newborns within this undertaking.” –
Conte has remodeled the club he shot over following a rollercoaster couple of decades under predecessor Luciano Spalletti — that attracted Inter straight back into the Champions League on the last day of each of their previous two seasons — earning 11 newcomers on the summertime.
Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku united from Manchester United and midfielder Alexis Sanchez, together with young midfielders Stefano Sensi and Nicolo Barella also coming at the San Siro.
Sanchez then scored on his debut from Sampdoria on the weekend, before being shipped off for diving.
“In age 26, I would like a mentor such as this, who assists me daily and gives me inspiration,” explained Lukaku of Conte.
The prior Italy midfielder won 13 trophies in as many decades in Turin, for example five Serie A titles and their final Champions League in 1996.
He returned to coach the team 2011, also won the first three Serie A titles within their current run of eight before heading on to coach the national team.
Nevertheless Conte’s thrilling beginning isn’t a promise of Inter’s first league title in two years: Rudi Garcia direct Roma into a Serie A record 10 straight wins at the 2013/2014 year but dropped out to Juve, as did Napoli two years ago following a series of seven wins on the rebound.