Antonio Conte went after the Inter Milan hierarchy after falling short of the Serie A champions by just one point.
Inter won 2-0 on their final day against Atalanta but the manager was not pleased with the title miss. He vented his frustrations in front of the press, claiming Inter problems under Luciano Spaletti have not been addressed. He also made it clear that he had no problem with the club’s transfer policy.
Conte told Sky Sports Italia, “It has been a tough year on a personal level, very tough. I don’t think the players saw their work recognised and I don’t think I saw my work recognised. We all received very little protection from the club.
“We have to grow and improve in all areas, including off the field, and a big club should protect its players more. We’ll discuss it all at the end of the season. I have to meet the president (Steven Zhang) and he’s in China right now.”
Conte continued: “It was very, very intense this year, difficult, and the lads did well to isolate ourselves and create unity within us, despite the difficulties. I don’t like people who get on the bandwagon and I saw a lot of that with Inter this year.
“We had to take all the poop for months and got zero protection. My problem is that I have a vision, I see the path we have to take and I know what we need to do. I can be a lightning rod for the first year, but if you don’t learn and keep making the same mistakes, then that’s just crazy. If you want to reduce the gap with Juventus you have to be strong on the pitch but above all off it.”
Inter chief Beppe Marotta responded, “It is not easy to analyse objectively. Obviously we have dropped points, but we have learned from these situations too. We have seen an improving team.
“Negative experiences will become great qualities in the future. We must continue on this path, to raise the bar more and more and give satisfaction to the fans. We have a squad that has shown a lot and is up to par. Conte’s work has made itself felt.”
Conte is known to be a bit fiery-headed when it comes to his profession. The Italian hardly ever holds his tongue and this could go down badly with the Inter chiefs. Even though the current Nerazzurri side is catered to his liking, the former Chelsea coach could be shown the door after just one year in charge.