The Portuguese goal machine was effectively neutralized by an unbending Nerazzurri side in Sunday’s Serie A outing at San Siro.
Antonio Conte has expressed his delight over his side beating a team of “great champions” such as Cristiano Ronaldo after Inter Milan emerged 2-0 victorious over Juventus.
Ronaldo seemed to have handed his side an early lead, tapping the ball home from a Federico Chiesa cross at the 11-minute mark. However, the goal was ruled out he was flagged offside.
It was all Inter thereafter. The hosts dominated the match and sealed the much-deserved three points courtesy of goals from Arturo Vidal and Nicolo Barella.
It marked a first win against Juve for Conte who had suffered defeats in each of three previous three encounters since leaving the club in 2014.
“This is a start for us, but beating Juventus with such great champions, including Cristiano Ronaldo, should give you the belief that you are on the right track,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia, via Football Italia. “I had never beaten Juventus in my coaching career. I always got hammered, and deservedly, so this is progress.”
“It’s very different from last season, when Juve effectively didn’t let us play. It’s the start, we need confirmation, but it’s a strong start.
“If people think we are the favorites now, imagine if we’d been able to work on the transfer market in August. We’d be massive favorites!”