Convincing second in Serie A, Inter resumed the Europa League on Wednesday (09:00) against Getafe in the 16th round in the skin of a favorite but with a coach on the nerves.
Inter have just finished their best championship in ten years with a score of 82 points, identical to that of the 2009-2010 season, the year of the C1 – Cup – Championship treble under José Mourinho. Antonio Conte was therefore the man for the job of narrowing the huge gap with Juve widening over the last decade, as he only failed with a small unit in his former team. And yet everything is still bad at Inter.
“Weak of the field”
After the last match against Atalanta (2-0 victory) on Saturday, his coach shot red balls, live on TV, in his direction, obliged to be “Too weak off the field” and not « [l’]have sufficient protection? when he got “Shovelfuls of shit”, of course, insists on the fact that his rant “Do not touch the transfer window at all”. However, this behavior, condemned by the vast majority of supporters (journalists and former players) of transalpine football, was the common thread in his first season of inter-season criticism. But this time the tone lifts a notch.
According to the indiscretions of the Italian press, some players remained silent while the targeted people were very annoyed, be it Beppe Marotta, CEO, Piero Ausilio, sports director and Steven Zhang, president of Inter, who have remained in China since then. the beginning of the global health crisis. He and Conte would have explained themselves on the phone in recent days, but Massimiliano Allegri, for free, would have been warned anyway.
Temporary back pedaling?
It was already he who had replaced a Conte who left Juve shortly after resuming training in the summer of 2014. The Inter coach has already pedaled back via a press release published on Monday via Ansa to clarify its position: “I married a three-year project with Inter and I will work hard to make it a winning project. “ Above all, he wanted to avoid expressing his anger over: “Regarding the article that came out on Repubblica.it, I categorically deny the fact that I called the leaders and players of Juventus by asking: “But are they going to fire Sarri?” I will file a complaint against the person who wrote it and its boss. “
He was also more calm during the traditional press conference before Tuesday on Tuesday: “It is not important that this competition is important to me. What is important is that it is for Inter. Let’s use it “we”, not “Is”. » A speech that is more the result of a desire to put his players in the best possible position to win the Europa League rather than a hug from his superior.