Marotta hails Conte after Scudetto as Inter CEO remains optimistic about title-winning manager’s future
Posted On May 3, 2021
Inter general manager 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 against Sassuolo on Sunday saw Inter claim Italian championships for the first time since Jose Mourinho’s hat-trick in 2009-10.
He also ended a streak of nine straight 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 at the top of the table – tied their point (82) and clean sheet (14) totals for all of last season, when they finished one point behind Juventus.
Conte’s future, however, remains uncertain amid concerns over Inter’s financial situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic as the owners, Suning Holdings Group, are reportedly considering selling the club.
But Marotta – who worked with Conte at Juve – told Rai: “Conte’s goal, like ours, is to make the most of the moment. Inter needed such a happy moment, now is the time to enjoy what has been achieved.
“Then in due course it’s just to meet, but that’s what all the clubs do at the end of the season.
“This is the time when the new season begins, and in light of an extraordinary situation like the pandemic, which has caused a sharp economic downturn, careful assessments are needed.
“This leads to working in all areas of the club. Conte is feeling good at Inter and I hope he can continue here.
Conte has won his fourth Serie A title this season – only five other coaches in league history have managed at least four.
The former Italian manager is only the second manager in Serie A history to win a Scudetto with Inter and Juve, joining Giovanni Trapattoni.
Marotta told Sky Sport Italia: “There was a constant and clear gap between Inter and Juventus when I arrived. To have won the Scudetto with four innings to lose should not be seen as a sign of the mistakes made by our opponents, but as the credit given to Inter.
“We could potentially reach 94 points, which would be a very impressive record. Conte deserves a lot of credit because he brought important sporting values to a successful career as a player and coach and passed them on to these guys. None of them had won a title before except Arturo Vidal.
“This achievement is due to a great leader like Conte.”
Marotta added: “My philosophy is that it’s better to buy one less player and invest in a great coach. The salaries he is on are reflected in 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.
“It meant that I also knew very well that some of his statements to the media were aimed at motivating the club and moving us forward. He wanted to make faster progress and we were a little slower, but he was pushing us to achieve something important together.
“I much prefer someone like Conte who tells you things to your face rather than those who refuse to tell you how things really are.”