Rummenigge: ‘Conte made Inter stable’

Former striker Karl-Heinz Rummenigge gives coach Antonio Conte the credit for Inter’s position in Serie A and said Romelu Lukaku ‘was reborn’ in Milan.

The current Bayern Munich chairman spent three years as a player at the Giuseppe Meazza, as he moved to the Nerazzurri in 1984, before he finished his career with Servette FC in Switzerland.

The former German international is impressed by the work of coach Antonio

“The stability within the performances and tactics is extremely interesting,” Rummenigge told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“It’s a tactic that adapts to the team, because of Conte, who did an excellent job. you’ll see that Inter are different from the one when he arrived two years ago.

“I love it because they’re consistent at the rear and exceptional in attack. Lautaro and Lukaku do rather well .

“But the midfield too. It’s a team well chosen by the club and my friend [CEO Beppe] Marotta. It’s a pleasure to observe Inter on TV.”

The former centre-forward doesn’t see any similarities between himself and Romelu Lukaku, but stressed the Belgian forward ‘was reborn’ in Milan.

“He’s different. He’s physically a colossus,” Rummenigge said. “But he gets along technically too. He doesn’t only believe his physical nature, he’s good.

“In the derby he made an exceptional assist to Lautaro. Lukaku has technical skills that weren’t seen such a lot in Manchester. He too was reborn because of Inter.”

Rummenigge said the Nerazzurri have done well to not let things off the pitch influence the Scudetto battle.

“I heard of the difficulties,” he said. “I’m sorry, but also during this respect they’re doing well within the room .

“They don’t let themselves be influenced within the least. It’s a team with great character, they need an excellent desire to win.”

Bayern Munich are linked with a move for Marcelo Brozovic, but the chairman said there hasn’t been any contact between the 2 clubs.

“We never had any contact, honestly,” Rummenigge added. “The market are going to be very complicated for everybody this year.

“Last year, the market was already a touch overwhelmed, this year it’s still down. the costs of players have fallen by 50 per cent, but the agents have ensured that the great players have kept their earnings at the old level.

“I think that every club in Europe is trying to lower the wages. and each club – large, medium, and little – have their troubles.”

Bayern host Lazio within the Champions League tomorrow, leading 4-1 from the primary leg in Rome.

“We are currently champions of everything,” Rummenigge continued. “We’re at the highest of the UEFA ranking.

“Our team have two great strengths. First: very top quality. Second: we respect all opponents. We don’t enter the pitch with the arrogance to believe we’ve already won.

“The difference between pre-virus football and therefore the current one is that there’s no difference to play reception or away, there are no fans.

“It’s a neutral pitch. But the important thing are going to be to possess the respect we had in Roma, for a team who finished fourth within the League last term and have an excellent attack.

“It always counts to not take anything without any consideration.”

With Atalanta trailing Real Madrid before their clash within the Madrid tonight, Italy risks seeing all their teams being eliminated before the quarter-finals.

“It could also be a coincidence. Last year Atalanta arrived within the quarter-finals and were unlucky to be eliminated against Paris Saint-Germain.

“It’s a time when Italian football does less well, but I remember the primary decade of the 2000s, how Milan, Juve and Inter all went very far.

“Now it’s getting harder and harder, just check out who’s out.”

Rummenigge admitted he was surprised by Juventus exit from the last 16 this term but doesn’t believe the investment in Ronaldo has been poor thanks to the shortage of a Champions League trophy.

“Yeah, I watched the match. What happens, sometimes just happens. The others score goals and kill you,” he said.

“It wasn’t Ronaldo’s best day against Porto, he knows it too. It happens. But generally it’s an honest investment, it’s made the Juve brand more famour.

“And then he scored many, many goals. Three on Sunday too, right?
“A player is vital , but he alone cannot make the difference.”

Rummenigge confirmed he will step down after his contract expires after the season.

“I don’t have a final judgment ,” he said. “My contract expires at the end of the year, then I’ll take an opportunity .

“It was far more difficult to know once I quit as a footballer. Now, I even have an exceptional family, I’m fine.

“I enjoy my life, if I want, I can do something, otherwise, I’ll be a pensioner like everyone else at my age.”

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