Thousands of Inter fans flood the streets of Milan to celebrate the first Serie A title in a decade
Thousands of fans filled the streets of Italy after Inter Milan won their first Serie A title in more than a decade on Sunday.
Inter have lifted their 19th scudetto after rivals Atalanta drew 1-1 at Sassuolo to leave the Nerazzurri 13 points clear with four games to play.
Many fans took to the streets of Milan to celebrate the end of Juventus’ nine-year reign as Italian champions.
Manager Antonio Conte hailed their first league triumph since 2010 as “one of the most important successes” of his career.
Conte won the Italian title three times as Juventus manager and won the Premier League as Chelsea boss in 2018.
Conte said: “Deciding to join Inter was not easy, just when the team was not equipped to win immediately.
“In addition, the opponent was Juventus, for whom I had worked for a long time, who had dominated for nine years. Today, we can say that our sacrifices have paid off.”
Inter are now the second most successful team in Italy, a league success ahead of AC Milan’s 18, but still far from Juve’s 36.
The Lombard side had not won the title since Jose Mourinho’s Champions League, Serie A and Coppa Italia treble in 2010.
Their last trophy was the Coppa Italia in 2011 and they missed out on the Champions League for six seasons before Luciano Spalletti brought them back to Europe’s top competition in 2018.
Inter targeted Conte to achieve what he did at Juve. Elimination from the Champions League in the group stage in December for the third consecutive season proved an incentive to focus on the league.
“The key moment came the week after we were eliminated from the Champions League,” Conte explained.
“We were criticized from all sides, in an exaggerated way. It was a group of guys who were not used to competing on all fronts.
“We did really well to band together and take that excessive criticism on the chin.”