Inter coach Antonio Conte has warned the club and fans that they will need to be patient to win trophies and referenced Liverpool manager Jurgen Kloop who failed to win a title in his first four seasons at Anfield.
Speaking with La Gazzetta dello Sport, the former Chelsea boss said: “What I earn is determined by what I’ve done in my career,” he said.
“No one gives you anything in football and even Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool won nothing in the first four years. It took time and important signings in each season to build a team among the best ones in the world.
“There has been an absolute dominating team in Italy over the last years. And when that happens, they dig a hole between them and the others, creating a gap.
When asked if he can match the success of José Mourinho and Helenio Herrera at the Nerazzurri, he said: “The comparisons are flattering. And I feel the responsibility to achieve their same results.
“But let’s not confuse different historical phases of the club. Herrera and Mourinho’s Inter were consolidated realities. Teams with men who had already won so much.
“People of personality, accustomed to pressure, who took responsibility and never made mistakes in the decisive moments. Even my Inter has important values, I just don’t want to confuse different dimensions. We started much further back.
“Fans have the right to dream, but we must be aware that last season was anomalous and we did something incredible thanks to the mistakes of others. We finished one point off Juventus because, after winning the title, they dropped a little bit in the final games.
“I am more proud to have arrived ahead of Napoli, who were supposed to be title contenders. I remember the game we lost against Juventus before the lockdown. They showed they still have intact hunger for success. We are working to be on the same level.”