It is not true that all the players he worked with at Juventus, Chelsea, or now Inter will agree with the words of the 51-year-old expert from Lecce, but he gave himself the right to say after the triumph over Parma and consolidation in the first place of the Serie A table there is harmony in his team.
Of course, he thinks he is the main guy in this story, assuring that he has created a climate in which there are no safe players, but he treats all players equally. For example, Christian Eriksen, who was almost written off at one point, waited for a chance to be the starter before Arthur Vidal.
"I consider myself a very democratic coach. I don't give anything to anyone for free, and I am patient up to certain limits. My team is in the first place, individuals come after, in that sense, everyone should think whether they agree with me or not ", answers the helmsman of Nerazzurri after 2: 1 at the" Ennio Tardini "stadium and increasing the point advantage over the second-place Milan at six points.
Conte is happy with Hakimi
All of the above also refers to the relations with Ashraf Hakimi, when Conte caught him "by the collar" after an intervention by the Moroccan defender in overtime, which is proof of the atmosphere in the locker room.
"Hakimi was fantastic in the overtime. He ran high to put pressure on Parma's player and repelled him from the danger zone. I wanted to grab his head, say, 'Well done.' I like it when players work hard when they learn their lessons."
" I found a group of guys ready to sacrifice, to die for each other. Hakimi is a real example, one of many, he would have attacked earlier and forgotten about defensive tasks, so he cooled his head on the bench for a few games.
He learned a lesson." "Darmian replaced Hakimi in the last round and for me, he was the best individual of the match with Genoa. " Next on the list of players that Conte revived is Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean struggled after arriving from Manchester United, he couldn't move, but step by step, here he is now in the starting 11, now as the first reserve.
"At this moment, he is in the best physical condition since he arrived at Inter. And we had to be patient with him. He is aware that only hard work will get him back in shape, now Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez know that Sanchez is dangerously threatening them."
"It is important for us to create an atmosphere in which all players compete for a place in the top 11. Don't forget that we only pushed in attack with Lukaku and Lauter for a year and a half. With no one else."
"We had a few Sebastian Esposito last season, but now he is in Genoa. I never had a choice. I could only pray and hope that no one would get hurt. Now that I have a choice, it feels wonderful. "