Former Inter defender Massimo Paganin felt that everyone associated with the club deserved credit for the Scudetto this season, after they secured the title today.
Atalanta’s 1-1 draw against Sassuolo was enough to crown Antonio Conte’s side champions with four games to spare, securing a first Serie A title for the club since 2010.
In an interview with InterTV earlier today, Paganin argued that it was important to recognise the work of staff behind the scenes, particularly during a condensed season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s nice to see the development made by the whole club. The credit goes to the technical staff, who have done an excellent job across two years,” the 50-year-old declared.
“We quickly forget those summer months in which the team worked so hard, competing in the Europa League Final, with just two weeks of rest and then starting again.”
Meanwhile, the former Bologna and Vicenza player spoke of the impact of Conte and his ability to improve Inter’s players both technically and in their mentality.
“Conte tried to make tactical changes in the first weeks, and it cost him the progression in the Champions League. He did an exceptional job with so many players, [Achraf] Hakimi and [Christian] Eriksen the last ones who scored yesterday (in a 2-0 win over Crotone). He especially changed the attitude.”
The coach has found success in utilising midfielder Eriksen after the Dane initially struggled for form at Inter, and Paganin felt that the efforts of the club to reintegrate him had paid off.
“With Eriksen, it’s thanks to the directors, who kept him and discussed the areas of growth he could have with Inter. Thanks to everyone.
“Something truly extraordinary had to be achieved this year. Some pieces have been added, giving Conte to give all the necessary tools to do so.”
An important milestone in the Nerazzurri’s season came during a 2-0 win over Juventus in January, with Paganin suggesting it held symbolic significance.
“The victory at home to Juve marked the end of the Juventus reign. Those who played against Inter had to work hard. This is a journey that can continue over time,” Paganin added.
The former defender made 107 appearances for Inter between 1993 and 1997, lifting the 1994 UEFA Cup before moving on to Bologna.