Sport Marotta hails Conte after Scudetto as Inter CEO remains hopeful over future of title-winning coach
Serie A title race '95 per cent' over, says Inter boss Conte
Little can come between Inter and a first Serie A title since the 2009-10 season, according to head coach Antonio Conte.The Nerrazzuri were far from their fluid best at San Siro, but sealed a 13th consecutive home league win for the second time in their history thanks to Matteo Darmian's goal 14 minutes from full-time.
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.
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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Antonio Conte’s men have claimed the Italian elite division crown after Atalanta stuttered against Sassuolo on SundayAntonio Conte’s team sealed the diadem as Atalanta played out a 1-1 draw against Sassuolo at the Mapei Stadium – a result which leaves the Milan outfit with an unassailable 13-point lead with four games left to play.
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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There will be as many eyes on the dugouts as on the field when Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte go head to head in Serie A next season.Mourinho did not stay out of the spotlight for long after his sacking by Tottenham and has been confirmed as the new Roma head coach.
"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."
Soccer-Inter must cut wages to survive COVID-19 hit, says Marotta .
Soccer-Inter must cut wages to survive COVID-19 hit, says MarottaInter won their first Serie A title in 11 years at the start of May but reports in the Italian media say players and staff have been asked to sacrifice two months' wages to help ease the economic situation.