Ex-Inter Midfielder Paolo Stringara: “Conte Evolved Nerazzurri After Coppa Italia Draw At Juventus”

April 6, 2021 23:00
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Inter’s season changed after their Coppa Italia semi-final defeat to Juventus, according to one former Nerazzurri midfielder.

Antonio Conte is thought by most pundits and journalists to have changed Inter’s fortunes for the better back in November, when he reverted to his 3-5-2 system for their Serie A game at Sassuolo.

Paolo Stringara believes the real turning point came three months later, though, when Inter played their second leg away in Turin (which ended in a goalless draw, knocking them out of the tournament).

“Conte understood something more during the return game in the Coppa Italia against Juventus,” Stringara told TMW Radio today.

“He put several technical players in the team (with Marcelo Brozovic and Christian Eriksen starting together) and Inter were still balanced all the same.”

Inter have won nine games in a row in Serie A and will look to make it 10 when they host Sassuolo in tomorrow’s rearranged match.

The Nerazzurri have not enjoyed this kind of form in the league since their triumphant 2006-07 season under Roberto Mancini, where they ended up winning 17 straight games.

Conte’s side would more importantly open up an 11-point lead over second-placed AC Milan by beating Roberto De Zerbi’s side at San Siro.

By Will Beckman