Time For Inter To Look Forward To Antonio Conte

Time For Inter To Look Forward To Antonio Conte
May 8, 2019 16:00
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In this exclusive corner for SempreInter, I have the weekly task of highlighting lessons learned from that particular week. But after drawing against Udinese, the fourth draw from the last 5 games, there’s nothing new I can speak about. It would be too predictable, and boring to read the same arguments all over again.

So let me pass one, sole observation, if I may.

3270 days passed since Inter won the Champions League and the historic treble, yet it remains our sole consolation nowadays seeing others failing to achieve it.

It’s been 8 years since we last won some silverware and during this period we were never really close to win another honour.

Despite all of this, you still have Inter fans taking into consideration past differences. I’m referring to those arguing that Conte should not manage Inter because of his Juventus past.

I think they would rather go on and witness other mediocre seasons rather than see a former Juventus legend leading Inter to victory. Absurd thinking.

Last week I criticised under no easy terms Luciano Spalletti and his handling of the team. This week I will focus on why his successor should be Antonio Conte.

Why am I declaring my pro-Conte bias so explicitly?

It’s because I believe he’s the only person who can really make the needed change at Inter. Just look at his C.V.

In 2011, Juventus were in our exact situation back then, coming from back-to-back 7th place finishings in the league standings. It was Conte, who in his first season, turned around Juventus’ fortunes and even delivered an unexpected scudetto by May.

In 2014, Italy’s national team were in our exact situation back then, coming from a dismal World Cup and with no real superstars to grace the national gear. It was Conte who led a rebuilding process, and managed to unite a squad made up of very normal players (imagine: Candreva, Pelle, Giaccherini, Eder & Zaza were all frequent starters). With this very normal team, he managed to beat superior opponents like Belgium and Spain, and was unfortunate not to get through against World Champions Germany after forcing the game to penalties.

In 2016, Conte took over Chelsea and won the English Premier League in his first season in England. He also broke the league’s record of wins in a single season (winning 30 from 38) and reached the F.A. Cup final.

In spite of this impressive CV, there are those who point out that the last Juventus legend who managed Inter ended quite badly, referring to Marcello Lippi. Well, if you’re going to quote history then give all of the picture: Inter won the 1989 scudetto breaking all records with Giovanni Trapattoni, who won six league titles and a European Cup with the Bianconeri.

To sum it all up, Conte is an opportunity that should not go to waste. It’s not a surprise that Roma, PSG, Bayern Munich, Manchester United and even Juventus are thinking to grab him up for their bench.

P.S: One last point if you’re still not convinced: Antonio Conte at Inter would frustrate the Juventus fans so bad seeing a former legend managing their bitter rivals.

James J Piscopo is a journalist based in Malta. At 27 years old, he has been following Inter for more than two decades. He writes a weekly editorial exclusively for SempreInter.com.

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