1222 GMT February 17, 2020
But not only did the famously combative Conte – who had only been in charge for five months at the time – get away with his public criticism, he was also given what he wanted with several reinforcements arriving in the January transfer window, Reuters reported.
After watching his side win 2-0 at Udinese on Sunday to maintain its Serie A title challenge, Conte said his haranguing of the Inter board had paid off.
“A club like Inter must also have a strong substitutes’ bench,” said Conte, whose side stayed three points behind leader Juventus as it bids to end the Turin side’s run of eight consecutive titles.
“When you have more quality within the squad, it allows you to find more solutions.”
Playing away to teams such as Udinese was exactly the sort of match in which he needed more options, Conte added.
“You always find difficulties here in Udine, where they are good at closing down and then breaking. Putting more quality in the squad helps unravel these situations. The victory was deserved, even if it was complicated.”
Inter has spent around €180 million ($199 million) in the transfer market since Conte arrived, including a reported club record €80 million on striker Romelu Lukaku who has repaid the investment with 16 Serie A goals.
However, a series of injuries and suspensions, plus a crowded fixture list, left Conte short of options between September and December. The coach also complained he lacked proven winners.
But the arrival in January of Victor Moses, Christian Eriksen and Ashley Young, all from Premier League clubs, has taken a weight off his mind.
Moses and Eriksen made their Serie A debuts against Udinese and, although the Dane struggled to make an impact, Conte was not concerned.
“I think he’s entered in a positive way, it’s a new way of playing for him but he’s still got to get into our idea of playing. He’s a great player, he has to find the right pace, but I’m satisfied with his performance,” said Conte.