Former Roma manager Zdenek Zeman has praised the impact that Antonio Conte had at Inter, and stated that he does not believe that the Nerazzurri would have been able to win the Scudetto last season without the Italian tactician.

Speaking to Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport in an interview published in yesterday’s print edition, the Czech coach gave his thoughts on the loss of Conte and how it could affect the Nerazzurri.

Conte departed Inter earlier in the summer when it became clear that he did not feel that the club would support him adequately and that there was no way to move forward, beginning a summer of upheaval at the club.

He departed the club having delivered the first Scudetto in eleven years, however, and Zeman believes that this is a major accomplishment for the former Juventus, Italy, and Chelsea boss.

For the 74-year-old, Conte’s exit could be a difficult blow from which to recover for the Nerazzurri.

“The Nerazzurri also lost Conte,” Zeman stated, “who has shown himself to be a great coach and an excellent guide for the team. Without him Inter would not have won. What’s more, few would have been able to do what he did.”