When Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte faces the cameras after a match, it’s a case of lighting the blue contact paper and standing properly again.
In his first season at Inter, the 51-year-old former Juventus, Italy and Chelsea coach has railed towards his personal membership’s “poor planning” and an “insane” fixture record, and even blamed one poor efficiency on the opposition taking part in the incorrect type of soccer.
His newest outburst, nevertheless, after a 2-Zero win at Atalanta on Saturday that clinched second place for Inter in Serie A, has led to all types of intrigue.
“I don’t think the work of the players has been recognised and I don’t think my work has been recognised,” he stated, earlier than accusing unnamed membership members of solely displaying their faces when issues had been going properly.
“We all received very little protection from the club, absolutely zero.”
That left Italian media together with Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport questioning, is he pondering of resigning? Will the membership hearth him? Was he referring to any specific director, reminiscent of chief government Giuseppe Marotta, sporting director Piero Ausilio, and even membership president Steven Zhang?
Conte additionally stated nothing had modified at Inter since an interview given by his predecessor Luciano Spalletti – an obvious reference to Spalletti’s declare there was a “mole” within the Inter dressing-room who leaked staff gossip to the media.
So far, Inter has tended to again its coach. After his complaints that the squad lacked power in depth, it signed Christian Eriksen, Ashley Young and Victor Moses within the January switch window.
Inter’s factors tally of 82, its greatest because the treble-winning season of 2009-10, appeared to justify the membership’s religion in its risky coach and Marotta, who beforehand labored with Conte at Juventus, was diplomatic in his post-match feedback.
“We have to continue on this path,” he informed Inter’s site. “Weve got a squad that have shown so much and proved that theyre up to the task, you can see the work that Contes done.”
Even so, with former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri already being talked about as a potential alternative, the Inter-Conte relationship appeared to have reached some form of crossroads.