Antonio Conte believes that Inter Milan have still got a long way to go before they can think about beating Serie A title rivals Juventus and Napoli.
Conte took charge of Inter in the summer hoping to restore the club’s glory days, and put an end to the recent dominance of old club Juventus and Napoli in the Serie A across recent seasons.
The Italian’s dream start to life at the San Siro, however, came to an end at the hands of Juventus last weekend. The Bianconeri emerged 2-1 winners in the Derby D’Italia to snatch top spot in the Serie A table.
Napoli, though, could only settle for a goalless draw at Torino to leave them six points behind the new league leaders in fourth.
But, while it’s been a very solid start for Inter, Conte doesn’t believe in overnight miracles and still thinks they’re trailing Juventus and Napoli.
“I think believing costs nothing for Inter fans, Napoli and other teams,” said Conte at the Festival dello Sport in Trento on Sunday.
“Then you have to be objective and to look at reality. I expressed myself from the beginning, compared to us there are two teams, Juventus at the top and then also Naples, which they built more over the years.
“This gap is there, but we have started a type of journey through work and seriousness to progress over time and become competitive to give satisfaction to the fans.
“From this point of view, we must be courageous having a clear vision of the present.”
Of course, Conte knows all about winning the Serie A after doing so three times with Juventus. He also led Chelsea to the Premier League title during his debut campaign in 2016/17.
The 50-year-old will return to the Inter dugout next Sunday for a league match away to Sassuolo.