On Saturday, goals from Christian Eriksen and Achraf Hakimi gave Inter a 2-0 win over Crotone, a victory that put Antonio Conte up 14 points ahead of Atalanta on Saturday.
“We are succeeding in overthrowing a kingdom that has lasted for nine years,” Inter coach Conte told reporters, referring to his side denying Juve a tenth consecutive Serie A title.
“We are aware that we can do something extraordinary because Inter haven’t won a Scudetto in 11 years, and we are breaking a dynasty,” added Conte, who is a former Juve coach and has led the Bianconeri to the first three. of these nine consecutive league titles.
When Juve appointed Conte, the Turin club had finished seventh in Serie A as AC Milan propelled Inter to the title in 2011.
“These were two extremely difficult situations because I joined Juventus after being promoted with Siena and … there was no vision in place and we didn’t want to beat strong teams. From there, an important cycle began, “Conte told Inter’s website, reflecting on his move to Juve.
“Coming here I made the most difficult decision because many others would have found things to hide behind. I tested myself, I like big challenges and I have always said that I was the number one fan of the clubs I represent.
“It was not easy to win over all the fans and I understand that, but I am convinced that I have always given everything for the teams I coach. I got involved to give the best of myself and I am happy because we are doing something amazing. “
Inter nominated Conte, who won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2017, in May 2019.
“It’s a new planet for me,” Conte said of his time at Inter. “It wasn’t easy, it’s not easy now and it won’t be easy in the future because there are a lot of dynamics at play, and people are looking to create negativity around Inter every day. whenever the slightest opportunity arises. More positivity when we’re talked about would be nice. “
Inter’s victory at Crotone marked the 14th time this season that Conte’s side have kept a clean sheet.
“We have become more compact, we are looking to help each other as teammates, we have worked to be a winning group and the results have improved.” Inter defender Stefan de Vrij told the club’s website.
“The Coach gives us a passion and a winning mentality. The group is united and the way everyone has improved has made us realize that we are going in the right direction. For us defenders, it is a pleasure to work together and we’ve known each other for years and now know how to move together. “
In a disappointing season for Juve, the Turin club’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League could be dashed by Inter when the two sides meet on May 15.