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Sport Marotta hails Conte after Scudetto as Inter CEO remains hopeful over future of title-winning coach

04:45  03 may  2021
04:45  03 may  2021 Source:   goal.com

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The Nerazzurri's CEO Sport on the day that Inter won their 19th Serie A title . MILAN - It's a special day for Inter , the day the Club won their 19th Scudetto . The Nerazzurri's CEO Sport Giuseppe Marotta spoke to Sky Sport. "We have managed to close a big gap; there was a team that had won the league for nine consecutive years. Last year, we ran Juventus to just one point in it and made it to the Europa League final.

Antonio Conte hailed Inter Milan's first Serie A triumph since 2010 on Sunday as "one of the most important successes" of his career. Inter clinched their 19th Scudetto after nearest rivals Atalanta drew 1-1 at Sassuolo to leave the Nerazzurri 13 points clear with four games remaining . Conte lifted the Italian title on three occasions as Juventus coach and won the Premier League as Chelsea boss in 2018. "This is one of the most important successes of my career," the 51-year-old told Italian television station Rai.

Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta is hopeful Antonio Conte will stay at San Siro after leading the Nerazzurri to their first Serie A title in 11 years.

a man holding his hand up © Emilio Andreoli - Inter/Inter via Getty Images

Atalanta's 1-1 draw with Sassuolo on Sunday meant Inter were crowned champions of Italy for the first time since Jose Mourinho's treble-winning side in 2009-10.

It also ended a run of nine consecutive Scudetti for Juventus, three of which were won by Conte when he was in charge of the Bianconeri from 2011 to 2014.

With four games remaining, Inter – 13 points clear atop the table – have matched their points (82) and clean sheets (14) totals for the whole of last season, when they finished a point behind Juventus.

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( ) Inter CEO Beppe Marotta insists that he has no intention of returning to former club Juventus and is entirely focussed on success with the Nerazzurri. The director joined Inter from the Bianconeri in 2018, but amidst reports of potential changes in the backroom staff at Juventus, sought to quash In an interview with Italian television broadcaster Sky Sport Italia ahead Inter ’s match against Crotone at the Stadio Ezio Scida, Marotta claimed he was looking to begin a period of success in his current position, particularly with the club on the verge of the Scudetto . “I arrived here at Inter after talking to

Eleven years after Jose Mourinho's historic treble, Inter claimed the ' Scudetto ' for a 19th time thanks to a fiery coach whose winning mentality was forged over many years at arch-rivals Juventus. The title justifies Chinese-owned Inter 's decision two years ago to make Conte the star signing of the fallen northern giants with a reported annual salary of 12 million euros (.4 million) until 2022. Christian Eriksen and Achraf Hakimi scored in the second half as Inter Milan beat Crotone 2-0 to move to the brink of the Serie A title on Saturday.

Conte's future, however, remains uncertain amid concerns over Inter's financial situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic as owners Suning Holdings Group reportedly consider selling the club.

But Marotta – who worked with Conte at Juve – told Rai: "Conte's focus, like ours, is to enjoy the moment. Inter needed such a happy moment, this is the moment to enjoy what has been achieved.

"Then in due course it is right to meet each other, but this is what all the clubs do at the end of the season.

"It is the moment in which the new season begins, and in the light of an extraordinary situation such as that of the pandemic, which has caused a great economic reduction, careful evaluations are required.


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Conte is the 13th coach since Mourinho to sit on the 'Nerazzurri' bench and the club has changed hands twice over the past decade. Billionaire Massimo Moratti, whose family controls Italian oil refiner Saras Group, sold to a consortium led by Indonesian business tycoon Erik Thohir in 2013, with Club president Steven Zhang hailed the arrival of "one of the best coaches out there, to make this club one of the best in the world again". Former Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta , who had worked alongside Conte in Turin, joined Inter as CEO for sport in 2018. In addition to Conte 's reported annual salary of

Conte is the 13th coach since Mourinho to sit on the 'Nerazzurri' bench and the club has changed hands twice over the past decade. Billionaire Massimo Moratti, whose family controls Italian oil refiner Saras Group, sold to a consortium led by Indonesian business tycoon Erik Thohir in 2013, with Club president Steven Zhang hailed the arrival of "one of the best coaches out there, to make this club one of the best in the world again". Former Juventus director Giuseppe Marotta , who had worked alongside Conte in Turin, joined Inter as CEO for sport in 2018. In addition to Conte 's reported annual salary of

"This leads to work amongst all areas of the club. Conte feels good at Inter and I hope he can continue here."

Conte earned his fourth Serie A title this season – only five other coaches in league history have managed at least four.

The former Italy boss is only the second coach in Serie A history to win a Scudetto with both Inter and Juve, joining Giovanni Trapattoni.

Marotta told Sky Sport Italia: "There was a consistent and clear gap between Inter and Juventus when I arrived. Having won the Scudetto with four rounds to spare should be seen not as a sign of the errors made by our opponents, but the credit given to Inter.

"We could potentially reach 94 points, which would be a very impressive tally. Conte deserves a great deal of credit, as he brought important sporting values from a winning career as player and coach and passed them on to these lads. None of them had won a title before other than Arturo Vidal.

"This achievement is down to a great leader like Conte."

Marotta added: "My philosophy is that it is better to buy one less player and invest in a great coach. The wages he is on are reflected by the trophy cabinet and his CV.

"I proposed Conte to Inter because I felt he was the right man at the right time. We had already won three Serie A titles together at Juventus, so we know each other very well.

"That means I also knew full well that some of his statements to the media were to motivate the club and push us forward. He wanted to make more rapid progress and we were a little slower, but he was pushing us to achieve something important together.

"I much prefer someone like Conte who says things to your face rather than those who refuse to tell you how things really are."

Conte refuses to discuss Inter future, insists he respects incoming Roma rival Mourinho .
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