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Skriniar backs Conte to lead Inter Milan’s title challenge

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Milan Skriniar expects Antonio Conte to lead Inter Milan into a Serie A title challenge next season after replacing Luciano Spalletti as manager.

Three-time Serie A-winning coach Conte will replace Spalletti in the San Siro dugout next season to restore Inter’s glory days.

The 49-year-old will have his work cut out, though, as Inter have won no silverware since the 2011 Coppa Italia.

While they secured back-to-back top-four finishes, the Nerazzurri still ended up a humbling 21 points behind Serie A champions Juventus in the standings.

After exiting the Champions League group stages, Lazio then knocked them out of the Coppa Italia quarter-finals. Therefore, Spalletti’s reign at the San Siro ended after two years.

Now, the pressure is on Conte to achieve what Spalletti couldn’t in leading Inter back to their glory days.

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 won 102 of his 152 games.

So, Skriniar is looking forward to working under Conte and hopes his change in mentality will do the trick for Inter.

“Spalletti is a great person and a great coach, but the club decided,” the Slovakian defender told Sport Mediaset.

“Now there is Conte, there are new expectations and we want to challenge for the Scudetto.

“Last season was satisfactory because we got into the Champions League, but we can always do better.

“The results in the final weeks of the season weren’t what we wanted, but our aim was to finish in the top four and we achieved that.”

Conte will have his work cut out this summer sorting out his new squad, with striker Mauro Icardi’s future still an uncertainty. On the bright side, centre-back Diego Godin will likely arrive at Inter on a free transfer from Atletico Madrid.

“Icardi is a great player and a friend, so we’ll see what happens. If he remains here, then we’ll be happy about that,” Skriniar said.

“Godin will make the squad even more competitive and that is the most important thing.”

MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 24: Milan Skriniar of FC Internazionale Milano celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the serie A match between FC Internazionale and Benevento Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on February 24, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images )