Inter Milan head coach, Antonio Conte, warned against complacency and urged his players to show they are credible Serie A title contenders ahead of Sunday’s home clash with relegation battlers Crotone.
Conte’s team, who finished as runners-up last season, cut the gap to league leaders AC Milan to just one point before the 10-day winter break, thanks to a run of seven straight league wins.
That form has put Inter firmly in the mix to end their 11-year wait for a league title, with defending champions Juventus languishing nine points behind them in sixth.
“We must confirm our place among the contenders,” Conte told a news conference.
“We don’t have to send any message, just be credible. We have the duty to fight until the end. When you’re at Inter, this is an obligation.
“It’s a balanced championship. You need to sweat to win every match and there are no easy games.
“In the end important values like hard work and organisation will stand out, things that make you excel and win.”
Inter are favourites to come out on top against Crotone, who are in 19th place having won just twice since being promoted from Serie B.
However, one of those victories came in Crotone’s last match before the break and Conte insisted he will not be underestimating the threat of the visitors.
“We’re expecting a demanding match, as I think they all are in Serie A,” he said.
“We’re facing a team that has been galvanised by finishing last year with a win against Parma.
“This match will require a lot of focus. Starting again after the holidays is always a great unknown, but we know the importance of continuing our positive streak.”
Osimhen’s Former Boss Gattuso Appointed Fiorentina’s New Head Coach
Victor Osimhen’s former boss at Napoli Gennaro Gattuso has been appointed the new head coach at Fiorentina.
Fiorentina confirmed Gattuso’s appointment on their official website on Tuesday.
“Gennaro Gattuso will be the new coach of Fiorentina. Rocco Commisso has confirmed the identity of the new first-team coach for the 2021/22 season.”
Gattuso left his role at Napoli after failing to secure Champions League qualification, with the team ending the season fifth in the standings, one point behind fourth-placed Juventus.
The 43-year-old’s last game in charge of Napoli was the 1-1 draw with Hellas Verona on Sunday.
During his time at Napoli, Gattuso led them to the Coppa Italia title where they defeated Juventus on penalties in the 2019/2020 season.
Why I Regretted Not Joining Man City -Dani Alves
Former Barcelona defender, Dani Alves says he made a wrong decision to have rejected Manchester City’s offer of joining the team in 2017.
Alves had the chance to join City before they went for Kyle Walker.
Now seeing out his career at Sao Paulo, Alves has revealed he regrets not making the move to Manchester to reunite with his old boss.
“I regret not going to Manchester City [in 2017] to work with [Pep] Guardiola again,” the 38-year-old told SporTV.
“I regret it, but not for PSG. For not working with him. When you are with people like him [Guardiola], who always finds a way out, it adds a lot to you.
“My regret was not having gone to work with him again.”
It’s Champions League Trophy Or Nothing For Chelsea- Kovacic
Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has set his sights on winning this Saturday’s UEFA Champions League trophy.
The Blues who are expected to face reigning Premier League champions, Manchester City, will be aiming to lift the trophy after losing the FA Cup to Leicester City a fortnight ago.
Kovacic feels it has already been a good season for the Blues, but he is hoping to make it even better by lifting silverware when we meet Manchester City in Saturday’s Champions League final.
“He came in and from the first minute the players felt a great connection with him,” said the midfielder. “From the first meeting and the first game it was like he’d been here for two years, so everything came quite naturally and we approached his way of playing well, we understood each other from the day he came.
“He did a good job and we had a great season in the end, because we came to the Champions League final, reached the FA Cup final, got top four. So it’s a good season, but not perfect because we need to win a trophy.”
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