Beppe Marotta has explained why he “sacrificed” Luciano Spalletti at Inter Milan to bring in Antonio Conte as coach.

Speaking to reporters, via FCInterNews, the Nerazzurri CEO said that he brought in the former Juventus and Chelsea coach in order to instill a “winning culture” at Inter.

Current Italy coach Luciano Spalletti was in charge of Inter between 2017 and 2019.

The Nerazzurri brought the veteran coach in from Roma in the summer of 2017.

And it was Spalletti who brought Inter back to the Champions League in his first season in charge.

The current Azzurri coach followed that up with another top four finish in his second campaign at the helm, the 2018-19 season.

However, that was not enough to keep Spalletti in his post for another season after that.

Rather, Inter parted ways with their coach in order to pursue Conte. Conte had been available for more than a years following his sacking by Chelsea, and was a man who Marotta had extensive experience working with at Juventus.

Conte guided Inter to a Europa League final in his first campaign at the helm. And then in his second, he won the Serie A title.

Meanwhile, Spalletti would wait two years before joining a new club. He joined Napoli.

Spalletti guided the Partenopei to a third-place finish in his first season at the helm. And in his second, he brought the title to the Campanian club for the first time in over three decades.

Marotta Reveals Why He “Sacrificed” Spalletti At Inter To Bring In Conte

“When I arrived at Inter in 2019, I implemented a policy [of changing the culture at the club,]” Marotta said.

“I sacrificed someone like Spalletti,” the coach continued. “Who I consider to be a great coach.”

“But he was a prt of the present and the past.”

“The culture that existed was not a winning one,” Marotta looked back.

“And I sacrificed a coach as good as he was, so I could get Conte, a coach I knew well.”

“And he led us to the Scudetto in his second season in charge.”