Conte puts the boot in on In­ter’s di­rec­tors af­ter de­feat to Dort­mund THE NA­TIONAL

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In­ter Mi­lan coach An­to­nio Conte has crit­i­cised the di­rec­tors of his club for poor plan­ning af­ter see­ing his team squan­der a two-goal half-time lead and lose 3-2 to Borus­sia Dort­mund in the Cham­pi­ons League.

The man­ager re­peated his com­plaint that his squad is too thin and play­ers too in­ex­pe­ri­enced to bat­tle on two fronts. He sug­gested that club di­rec­tors should face the cam­eras as well as him­self.

“Some im­por­tant mis­takes have been made at the plan­ning stage, we can’t play both the Cham­pi­ons League and Serie A with such a small squad,” Conte said.

“I’m tired of say­ing the same things over and over again, per­haps they could come over here and say some­thing. I hope that this will help them un­der­stand a few things.”

Conte con­ceded that he felt like a bro­ken record as he kept com­plain­ing about the crowded fix­ture list and ex­plain­ing that In­ter are still in the early stage of build­ing a new team. “They tell me that I should smile more on tele­vi­sion,” he added. “But I al­ways end up say­ing the same things, about the growth process, about tak­ing it step by step.”

“The lads are giv­ing ev­ery­thing and go­ing at full pelt and I can’t ask them for more than that,” he said, be­fore com­plain­ing about their lack of ex­pe­ri­ence.

“We are talk­ing about play­ers who, apart from Diego Godin, have never won any­thing. Who do we turn to? Ni­colo Barella

who has come from Cagliari? Or [Ste­fano] Sensi, who came from Sas­suolo?”

Conte made sim­i­lar com­plaints when he was at Ju­ven­tus, where he won three suc­ces­sive Serie A ti­tles but strug­gled in the Cham­pi­ons League, fa­mously say­ing that “you can’t eat at a 100 euro res­tau­rant with a 10 euro note.”

His com­ments are likely to raise eye­brows as In­ter spent more than 150 mil­lion eu­ros (Dh 610m) on new sign­ings dur­ing the trans­fer win­dow. How­ever, they also let a num­ber of key play­ers go in­clud­ing Mauro Icardi, their lead­ing scorer for each of the last five sea­sons, and mid­fielder Radja Naing­golan.

Chi­nese-owned In­ter, who have not won any ma­jor sil­ver­ware since 2011, are sec­ond in Serie A, one point be­hind lead­ers Ju­ven­tus. Tues­day’s de­feat left them third in Cham­pi­ons League Group F, three points be­hind Borus­sia Dort­mund.

“We need to keep a low pro­file,” Conte said. “Our po­si­tion in Serie A should not al­low us to for­get our prob­lems.”

An­to­nio Conte at­tacked In­ter Mi­lan’s di­rec­tors over his squad’s lack of Cham­pi­ons League ex­pe­ri­ence

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