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Conte Goes To War With Italian Press

Antonio Conte

Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte is desperate to be thought off as one of the best coaches in world football. To do that, he knows he needs to win the Champions League, a trophy he has never came close to winning.

Conte, whose Inter side were knocked out of the Champions League this week but top Serie A, was meant to have his pre-match chat with journalists to preview Sunday night’s game against Fiorentina.

However the Inter boss cancelled the press conference over his fury that a damning letter was published in Corriere dello Sport.

But a letter published in the newspaper led to the former Chelsea manager deciding against speaking to the media.

According to Football Italia, a statement from the club condemning the letter came as a surprise to journalists, who had already gathered in the conference room.

The statement from the club this afternoon came as a surprise and arrived just as the journalists had gathered in the conference room.

“Yesterday, the Corriere dello Sport published an offensive letter towards our coach, justifying its aggression in the comment,” read the statement.

“In order to send a signal to all media that they must ‘guarantee respect of people,’ we will not hold a press conference today.”

This is referring to something published in the letters section of the Corriere dello Sport newspaper on Friday, sent in by a Bologna supporter.

It spoke of “relishing” Inter’s Champions League elimination after a defeat to “the Barcelona B team, which showed the clapped-out coach how you play football.

“I contest the beatification of Conte, who in his career, despite the victories, has never shown good football.”

Conte is said to have been angered by the letter, and the editors of the section of the newspaper had also responded to the fan’s comments by admitting that Inter had ‘threw away the Champions League’ after deciding to loan out Mauro Icardi.

The former Juventus coach had been unable to steer his side through to the next round of the Champions League after goals from Carles Perez and youngster Ansu Fati secured Barcelona victory at the San Siro.