Conte left press conference to staff

Inter coach Antonio Conte left the press conference to his staff members celebrating the Scudetto ahead of the match against Sampdoria. ‘A great joy’.

The Nerazzurri picked up first Scudetto in 11 years last weekend and Conte put the spotlight on his staff members ahead of the match against the Blucerchiati on Saturday.

The journalists asked their questions in the usual pre-match press conference, but this time they addressed the staff behind Conte at San Siro.

Assistant coach Cristian Stellini was the first to comment the Scudetto: “It was a great emotion, given the sacrifices.

“Unfortunately, we lived it being far away and not close, because we weren’t together when we secured the Scudetto.

“But then there was the final whistle of Sassuolo-Atalanta and it was a great feeling.”

Fitness coach Antonio Pintus, who spoke about the particular physique of Romelu Lukaku, praised the player’s availability.

“A great joy, because it [the Scudetto] is associated with the birth of my twins and certainly with the work of the players who have made themselves 100 per cent available,” Pintus said.

Techincal coach Paolo Vanoli then thanked the Inter players and coach Conte.

“A reason to be proud, living 16 kilometres from Appiano. Those who live here have an Inter soul,” Vanoli continued. “I want to thank the players and the coach.”

Conte’s brother Gianluca, who spoke about Antonio’s behaviour in the stands against Fiorentina too, dedicated the win to the fans.

“It’s always as if it was the first time,” Gianluca Conte said. “For my part, I can say that behind the win, there’s a great work culture that the coach installed in us.

“A victory to be dedicated to the fans, to the club, to the players who sacrificed themselves to achieve the target.”

Rehabilitation coach Stefano Bruno has worked hard this season, as the tight fixture list due to coronavirus made it tougher than usual for both the players and the staff.

“Describing the excitement of winning a championship is not easy,” he said. “A great emotion for me, because I have been an Interista since I was a child.

“I have come a long way to reach this milestone. When you understand what lies behind a win, you realise that it’s something exciting.

“The credit goes to everyone who works within the club. Winning is a lot of sacrifice and by being inside, you know how much it takes to reach the target.”

Athletic coach Costantino Coratti had few words and thanked the coach and players for their efforts in 2020-21.

“I find it hard to express myself, I just want to thank everyone, the players and the coach, for giving me this feeling.”

Goalkeeping coach Adriano Bonaiuti underlined the hard work put down to ‘reach an incredible goal’.

“A great emotion after years at Inter,” Bonaiuti added. “In which we suffered and, in the end, managed to reach an incredible goal.

“Thanks to the coach who allowed us to reach this target. Those who play football have always dreamed of winning a championship.

“An immense happiness. A lot of sacrifice and work on the pitch, sharing it with the fans is wonderful.”


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