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Skriniar backs Antonio Conte to end Juventus’ dominance

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Milan Skriniar reckons Antonio Conte’s arrival signals “the right time” for Inter Milan to close the gap to Juventus and beat them in the Serie A.

Following his departure from Chelsea last year, Conte will be back in the dugout next season at Inter upon replacing the fired Luciano Spalletti.

Despite his previous two jobs with Italy and Chelsea being somewhat underwhelming, Conte’s track record in the Serie A is unquestionable. In his three seasons at Juventus, he won the league title in each of them and ended up with 102 victories in 152 games.

And Inter will certainly be hoping the 49-year-old can replicate his Turin success formula over at the San Siro after finishing 21 points behind Juventus in last season’s Serie A table.

They also exited the Champions League group stages, with Lazio knocking them out of the Coppa Italia quarter-finals.

Nonetheless, Skriniar is feeling bullish over the Nerazzurri’s prospects under Conte as they am to end a near decade long wait for league and Champions League glory.

“The time has come to win,” the Slovakian defender told Corriere dello Sport.

“When you play with the Nerazzurri shirt you can’t be ok with finishing second. I dream of raising the Champions League trophy with Inter.

“Juve has been winning for eight years but the right time has come to try to get closer and beat them. We work hard to win and we can do it but now we have to work even harder.

“A new coach has arrived and we are all loaded, we can’t wait to start the new season in a big way. We must always aim at the maximum, without ever being satisfied.

“Conte? He has the right mindset. We are a strong team and we must work with the goal of winning. The coach explains us every detail, we have changed our way of doing things with respect to the past.”

In his first official press conference as Inter manager last weekend, Conte teased he’s targetting the “extraordinary” ahead of his first season.