Inter Milan: Antonio Conte jokingly pretends to box Lautaro Martinez as the pair settle feud

It’s Lautaro vs Conte… with Lukaku as the ring announcer! Inter Milan pair square off in a makeshift boxing ring during training in hilarious clip, as they settle their rift after the Argentine striker was hauled off against Roma

  • Antonio Conte and Lautaro Martinez hilarious settled their feud in training 
  • The Argentine was furious after being subbed by his Inter Milan boss vs Roma  
  • But the squad found an interesting way to lift the tension between the pair
  • They pretended to fight each other in a boxing match during a training session
  • Romelu Lukaku acted as the ring announcer to introduce both corners 

Settling a feud between a manager and a player is never an easy task, but Inter Milan may have found the perfect way to calm things down after setting up a joke boxing match between Lautaro Martinez and boss Antonio Conte. 

The pair were involved in an angry spat during Wednesday’s 3-1 win against Roma after the Argentine was hauled off despite coming on as a substitute, and the squad quickly arranged for them to bury the hatchet.

Inter have already won the Serie A title, their first Scudetto for 11 years, but the bust-up hinted that there is still plenty of passion left in the team and this hilarious clip displayed their unity as a squad.

Inter Milan players arranged a joke boxing match between Lautaro Martinez (pictured) and boss Antonio Conte after their bust up on Wednesday night

The squad were in high spirits as the pair settled their differences in a make-shift ring

The squad were in high spirits as the pair settled their differences in a make-shift ring 

The Argentine forward was furious at Conte for hauling him off during their 3-1 win vs Roma

The Argentine forward was furious at Conte for hauling him off during their 3-1 win vs Roma 

Players and staff set up a makeshift ring using cones and tape in the middle of their training pitch, with Martinez and Conte both wearing boxing gloves as they were introduced to the ‘crowd’ by star forward and ex-Man United star Romelu Lukaku. 

‘Live from Madison Square Garden, It’s Lautaro Martinez!’ Said the Belgian as the squad cheered for the Argentine, who raised his hand in the air. 

Lukaku then announces his manager Conte, who doesn’t receive the same warm reception as the players jokingly boo the Italian as he laughs and and lifts his fists in the air. 

The ring announcer then channels his inner Michael Buffer and yells ‘Let’s get ready to rumble!’

Conte was booed by the squad as his name was called out by ring announcer Romelu Lukaku

Conte was booed by the squad as his name was called out by ring announcer Romelu Lukaku

The Belgian channelled his inner Michael Buffer and said 'Let's get ready to rumble!'

The Belgian channelled his inner Michael Buffer and said ‘Let’s get ready to rumble!’

The bizarre clip was an amicable ending to a furious bust-up between the two after Conte had told him to ‘have respect’ after kicking out following his decision to take him off against Roma. 

The 23-year-old had already come on as a sub in the 36th minute of the game after Alexis Sanchez had picked up an injury, but he was taken off in the 77th minute for Ashley Young.

No player wants to be subbed as a sub, and Martinez showed his fury by trudging past his manager, kicking a water bottle and launching his shirt to the ground.

Inter Milan striker Martinez kicks out at a water bottle (seen as a motion blur to the right of striker) after being substituted during his side's 3-1 victory over Roma

Inter Milan striker Martinez kicks out at a water bottle (seen as a motion blur to the right of striker) after being substituted during his side’s 3-1 victory over Roma

Conte then furiously berated the striker from the touchline for his actions on the night

Conte then furiously berated the striker from the touchline for his actions on the night

His behaviour triggered an angry response from Conte, who confronted him and said: ‘Have respect! Who are you angry with? Never react like this again.’

Martinez had not put in his best display for the team and a typically ruthless Conte was quick to make an example of him. 

Inter Milan assistant Cristian Stellini said the former Chelsea boss had treated him in a similar manner when he was a player under him after a poor display, saying it was the right attitude to have – but insisted the incident was behind them. 

Coaches tried to console the 23-year-old he threw his match shirt to the ground in anger

Coaches tried to console the 23-year-old he threw his match shirt to the ground in anger

‘This is something that also happened to me 14 years ago when Conte was my coach and I was still a player. He substituted me after 20 minutes,’ Stellini told Sky Sport Italia. 

‘This is an example of the mentality we want to see. Even if the result is already secure, we expect all the players to give the maximum effort.

‘At that moment, Lautaro was not playing up to the right standard and we want players who are always fully focused. Some things remain on the pitch, it’s all in the past now and we will look forward to the next match.’

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Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte confronts Lautaro Martinez after striker kicked out at a water bottle

‘Have respect! Who are you angry with?’: Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte furiously confronts Lautaro Martinez after striker kicked at a water bottle in anger having been been brought on and then subbed off during 3-1 win over Roma

Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Conte were involved in a furious touchline bust up on Wednesday night after the Inter Milan striker was substituted having been sent on as a sub earlier in the game. 

Martinez came on as a replacement in the 36th minute during Inter’s 3-1 victory over Roma after Alexis Sanchez had picked up an injury for the newly crowned Italian champions.

Yet following an insipid display in the Serie A clash he was replaced with 13 minutes to play by Andrea Pinamonti.

As the striker trudged off the pitch, he was seen casting a furious glance in the direction of Conte, with the Inter boss paying no attention to the forward.

Martinez though soon caught it, when as he made his way back to the Inter dugout he kicked out at a water bottle that caused a few in the contingent on the Inter bench to duck for cover.

Conte immediately turned to Martinez and furiously berated the striker saying: ‘Have respect! Who are you angry with? Never react like this again.’ according to Sky Sport Italia.

The 23-year-old’s reaction was to remove his match shirt and throw it to the ground following another frustrating night for the 23-year-old. 

Inter Milan assistant Cristian Stellini admitted Martinez’s removal was due to the striker not putting in his best performance possible and that despite Inter’s title win the squad was still expected to show full commitment.

Stellini himself revealed he had once been replaced as a substitute by Conte in his playing career while both were at Bari.

‘This is something that also happened to me 14 years ago when Conte was my coach and I was still a player. He substituted me after 20 minutes,’ Stellini told Sky Sport Italia.

‘This is an example of the mentality we want to see. Even if the result is already secure, we expect all the players to give the maximum effort.

‘At that moment, Lautaro was not playing up to the right standard and we want players who are always fully focused.

‘Some things remain on the pitch, it’s all in the past now and we will look forward to the next match.’

Martinez has scored 16 goals from 26 Serie A games this term but has scored just once in his last seven matches. 

Having already won the Serie A title to end nine years of Juventus dominance, Inter pulled 13 points clear of Atalanta at the top with two games to play.

Their 3-1 win at the San Siro came with goals from Matias Vecino and Marcelo Brozovic who put them 2-0 up in 20 minutes before Henrikh Mkhitaryan pulled a goal back.

But Inter made the points in the final minute when Romelu Lukaku struck for the hosts.

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Christian Eriksen ‘truly happy’ at Inter Milan under Antonio Conte

Christian Eriksen admits he ‘didn’t understand Antonio Conte before, but then learned his organised football’ as playmaker says he is ‘truly happy’ at Inter Milan after Serie A title triumph – just months after looking set to leave

  • Christian Eriksen has had a change of fortunes at Inter Milan in recent months
  • The 29-year-old looked set to leave the club during the January transfer window
  • But he says he has understood the tactics of Antonio Conte and is reinvigorated 

Christian Eriksen has warned Inter Milan’s Italian rivals that they are building towards a dynasty – with the previously much-maligned playmaker reinvigorated to be a part of that after learning the methods of manager Antonio Conte.

Eriksen’s time at Inter has been a rollercoaster since joining in £17.5million transfer from Tottenham in January 2020 with the Dane reportedly heading out of the San Siro door during this year’s winter window.

He had dropped down dropped down the pecking order under Conte – with reports in November suggesting that the latter was ‘disappointed’ in the 29-year-old’s output.

Christian Eriksen says he is ‘truly happy’ at Inter Milan and under their manager Antonio Conte

That same month, Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta suggested that the Italian giants are willing to listen to offers for Eriksen too.

However, none of that materialised and Eriksen can reflect upon this campaign as a Serie A title-winner following Inter’s first triumph in 11 years that was confirmed on Sunday.

And reflecting on his own personal improvement, Eriksen says the turning point was when it all clicked with Conte.

‘I didn’t understand the coach before, but then I learned his organised football,’ he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

‘Now I am truly happy and I’ll become a real Milanese citizen.

‘It’s only the beginning at Inter. We want to build a new era. Conte makes you win.’

Eriksen has made 33 appearances in all competitions for Inter so far this season, scoring three goals – including the first in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Crotone.

Eriksen scored Inter's opener as they won 2-0 at Crotone in Serie A on Saturday night

Eriksen scored Inter’s opener as they won 2-0 at Crotone in Serie A on Saturday night

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Tottenham ‘hold positive managerial talks with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’

Tottenham ‘hold positive managerial talks with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and now have second meeting planned’

  • Antonio Conte has led Inter Milan to Serie A glory in his second season
  • His success at the club has reportedly caught the eye of Tottenham 
  • Ryan Mason is in interim charge of Spurs after the sacking of Jose Mourinho

Tottenham have reportedly held begun talks with Antonio Conte over their vacant managerial position.

The Italian has done a fine job since taking charge of Inter Milan two years ago, securing the club their first Serie A title in 11 years at the weekend.

The Nerazzurri are 13 points clear after Saturday’s win at Crotone with four games to go, ending a run of nine Juventus triumphs.

Tottenham have reportedly held begun talks with Antonio Conte over becoming their manager

And Conte’s performance at the  club have naturally caught the eye of Spurs, who currently have Ryan Mason in charge on an interim basis following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport claim Tottenham have now moved to speak with him and he has refused to rule out the possibility of a move to north London.

However, he also also made it clear he is committed to Inter at this moment in time.

Conte will be no stranger to fans in the Premier League, having spent two seasons with Chelsea between 2016 and 2018.

He won a Premier League in his first season and an FA Cup in his second before being dismissed.  

Conte spent two seasons with Chelsea before going on to manage Inter Milan

Conte spent two seasons with Chelsea before going on to manage Inter Milan

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Andrea Pirlo vows that Juventus WILL be back next season after Inter Milan clinch the Serie A title

Andrea Pirlo vows that Juventus will be back to their best next season after surrendering Serie A title to Inter Milan – but boss warns his under-performing stars ‘we need to change’ as they desperately battle for a Champions League spot

Andrea Pirlo insists his Juventus side will return firing next season after Inter Milan clinched the Serie A title for the first time since 2010. 

Atalanta failing to beat Sassuolo on Sunday means Antonio Conte’s side have an irretrievable lead at the top of Serie A with four games to go and results in Juventus surrendering their nine-year dominance of the Scudetto. 

Speaking after Juve grabbed a late win at Udinese courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo double on Sunday, Pirlo said that ‘another cycle will open to compete for the Scudetto’ as he reflected on Juve’s bitter rivals taking their throne this season. 

Inter fans celebrate in Milan after ending Juve’s dominance of the Italian top flight on Sunday

Andrea Pirlo insists his Juventus side will return firing next season

Antonio Conte's Inter Milan clinched the Scudetto for the first time since 2010

Andrea Pirlo’s (left) Juventus surrendered their Serie A crown to Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan 

‘We give our regards to Inter and to the coach, they deserve this success,’ Pirlo told Sky Sport Italia

‘We need to change, one cycle has closed but another one will open to compete for the Scudetto. We laboured for this win and we’re proud, it was important after this afternoon’s results. 

‘Things were tricky when we allowed the goal, but we desperately wanted to bring home the result at the end. There was a mental fatigue. Something changes when you are used to always playing for the Scudetto. 

‘For the last several weeks the objective has changed: it’s a struggle but we must achieve the Champions League.’

After their late win on Sunday, Juve are now two points clear of Napoli in fifth place as they strive to finish in the top four with four games of the season remaining.  

Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Juventus with two late goals to seal a 2-1 victory away to Udinese

Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Juventus with two late goals to seal a 2-1 victory away to Udinese

Yet Inter Milan are now 13 points clear with four games remaining as they clinched the title

Yet Inter Milan are now 13 points clear with four games remaining as they clinched the title

‘The team was strong and together, it had a will to fight for its objectives,’ Pirlo added. 

‘Often the mentality and attitude were missing, but the team was united to make the Champions League. The hug at the end is the most important thing, this needs to be a starting point. 

‘We need to continue with this spirit, wins like this give you adrenaline to continue to fight.’

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Romelu Lukaku leans out of his car on the Milan streets to celebrate Serie A title with supporters

Romelu Lukaku takes to the Milan streets and leans out his car’s sunroof to chant with fans, celebrating Inter’s first Serie A title in 11 years

  • Inter Milan were handed their first Serie A title since 2009-2010 on Sunday    
  • Antonio Conte’s side were crowned after Atalanta drew against Sassuolo   
  • Romelu Lukaku took to the streets to celebrate with fans, learning out of his car 

Romelu Lukaku enjoyed a one-man victory parade on Sunday after Inter Milan were crowned Serie A champions, ending an 11-year wait for glory. 

The San Siro club did their part on Saturday, beating Crotone 2-0 before Atalanta’s 1-1 draw with Sassuolo 24 hours later secured Antonio Conte’s side the title. 

Jose Mourinho delivered Inter’s last Italian championship back in 2010, as they also ended Juventus’ stifling nine-year dominance of the division. 

Romelu Lukaku went out to celebrate with Inter fans on the streets after their Serie A title 

The Nerazzurri were out in force to party after winning their first Italian title in 11 years

The Nerazzurri were out in force to party after winning their first Italian title in 11 years

Lukaku couldn’t wait to celebrate with his supporters, going live on Instagram while he rode through the streets of Milan leaning out of his car’s sunroof.

The Belgian powerhouse chanted with fans and whirled an Inter shirt above his head after capping a superb season, clearly enjoying his time in Italy.

The former Manchester United forward has slammed in 21 goals in 33 games this term, and he still has four games to add to his tally.    

Lukaku already has 61 goals in 92 games for the Nerazzurri, far out-scoring his record with the Old Trafford side.

Lukaku assisted Christian Eriksen's opener on Saturday as Inter took one step toward the title

Lukaku assisted Christian Eriksen’s opener on Saturday as Inter took one step toward the title

Sassuolo earning a 1-1 draw against Atalanta was enough to seal Inter their championship

Sassuolo earning a 1-1 draw against Atalanta was enough to seal Inter their championship 

‘I am so happy for all the Inter fans in the world, for the team, the staff, the President and everyone,’ Lukaku told Sky Sports Italia.

‘It was a wonderful year for us, I am truly proud to play for Inter. I wanted to come out here and celebrate along with the people. I told my friend this was the best way to experience it, to be there with the fans.

‘For me and many of my teammates, this is our first league title, so it’s a moment we wanted to share with them.’ 

‘Last year was good too, but this was the best of my career. It’s wonderful and I hope to continue like this. I want to thank everyone, I am truly so happy.’

It's an emotional title for Inter after so many years, ending Juventus' stranglehold in Serie A

It’s an emotional title for Inter after so many years, ending Juventus’ stranglehold in Serie A  

Lukaku assisted Christian Eriksen to score the opener on Saturday as Inter gripped one hand on the trophy, with Achraf Hakimi firing in the second to sink Sassuolo. 

Inter are now the second-most successful club in Italian history behind Juventus, overhauling AC Milan as they moved to 36 league championships.   

Inter have also led the league standings for the last 13 rounds since beating Lazio 3-1 on February 14, improving on a runners-up finish in Conte’s debut season in 2019-2020. 

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Inter Milan are crowned Serie A champions for the first time in 11 YEARS

Inter Milan are crowned Serie A champions for the first time in 11 YEARS as Atalanta are held to a draw away at Saussuolo

  • Inter Milan have officially won the Serie A title for the first time in over a decade 
  • Conte’s side beat Crotone on Saturday to take them a step closer to the trophy 
  • However, it was Atalanta’s 1-1 draw with Saussuolo on Sunday that saw them win  

Inter Milan clinched their first Serie A title in 11 years on Sunday after Sassuolo drew 1-1 with second-placed Atalanta to assure Antonio Conte’s side of the league crown.

Inter are 13 points clear in first place with four games remaining, and their triumph ends a run of nine consecutive title wins for Juventus.

This year’s league success marks their 19th Serie A crown and is their first since winning the Serie A, Coppa Italia and Champions League Treble in 2009-2010 under Jose Mourinho.   

Inter Milan have officially won the Serie A title for the first time in over a decade

Antonio Conte's side beat Crotone on Saturday to take them a step closer to the trophy

Antonio Conte’s side beat Crotone on Saturday to take them a step closer to the trophy

Conte’s side beat Crotone on Saturday to allow them to grasp the trophy with one hand. 

It was Christian Eriksen and Achraf Hakimi’s second-half goals against Crotone that saw them close in on the title. 

However, it was Atalanta’s draw that ensured it was mathematically impossible for any of the chasing pack to catch them.

Atalanta goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini saw red after 22 minutes, but the Bergamo club went in front 10 minutes later through a Robin Gosens strike.  

However, it was Atalanta's 1-1 draw with Saussuolo on Sunday that saw them win (above)

However, it was Atalanta’s 1-1 draw with Saussuolo on Sunday that saw them win (above)

Sassuolo equalised early in the second half through a Domenico Berardi penalty, but the hosts were then also reduced to 10 men when Marlon earned a second yellow and conceded a penalty.

However, Luis Murielâs spot kick was saved by Andrea Consigli.

Inter have therefore overtaken AC Milan, who have 18 Serie A titles, to become the second-most successful club in league history behind Juventus, with 36 league wins.   

Inter have also led the league standings for the last 13 rounds since beating Lazio 3-1 on February 14, improving on a runners-up finish in Conte’s debut season in 2019-2020. 

Additionally, Inter will be thrilled to pick up the trophy, having finished one point behind Juventus last year and having also lost the Europa League final in 2020. 

As for Conte, the result represents another title triumph – having previously led Juventus to three consecutive Serie A titles between 2012 and 2014.   

More to follow…

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Tiemoue Bakayoko in transfer limbo as Chelsea flop’s agent says Napoli do not have an option to buy

Tiemoue Bakayoko stuck in transfer limbo as Chelsea flop’s agent reveals that £40m midfielder is ‘happy’ at Napoli but the Italians DO NOT have an option to sign the Frenchman

  • Tiemoue Bakayoko’s future is in limbo following comments made by his agent 
  • The Chelsea flop has one year remaining on his deal and is on loan at Napoli
  • Bakayoko, 26, has scored twice for the Italians and is ‘happy’ at the club
  • However, his brother and agent says the Frenchman’s future is in the air 

Tiemoue Bakayoko’s future is stuck in limbo with the Chelsea flop’s agent revealing that there are doubts as to whether loan side Napoli will make his stay permanent this summer.

The Frenchman, 26, has been sent out on loan for the past three seasons following his £40m arrival from Monaco in 2017 having failed to impress Antonio Conte, Maurizio Sarri and Frank Lampard.

Bakayoko has one year remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge with new boss Thomas Tuchel reportedly seeing no future for the midfielder in West London. 

Tiemoue Bakayoko’s future remains in limbo following comments made by his agent in Italy

The Chelsea flop has been loaned out three times having failed to impress in West London

The Chelsea flop has been loaned out three times having failed to impress in West London

And Abdoulaye Bakayoko, brother and agent of the 26-year-old, has admitted that he does not know where the Napoli loanee will be playing next season.

‘It’s a good moment, Tiemoue scored in his last game with Napoli and the team are back in the top four,’ he told CalcioNapoli24 via The Sun. ‘He is happy to play at Napoli, one of the best Serie A clubs. 

‘I respect [Napoli boss] Gennaro Gattuso, it was important to join him again after their experience at Milan. It’s been a nice season, Tiemoue feels at ease in the city and the team.

The midfielder joined the Serie A side on loan in October

The 26-year-old has not played for Chelsea since 2018

The £40m midfielder is currently at Napoli (L) and has not played for Chelsea since 2018 

‘However, I don’t know if he will remain at Napoli. If they qualify for the Champions League things could change.

‘He wants to play in the Champions League, but it also depends on Napoli and Chelsea.

‘Napoli don’t have an option to sign him permanently, Tiemoue is happy, but he is aware his destiny depends on what Chelsea and Napoli want to do.’

Bakayoko wants to play in the Champions League but 'it depends on Napoli and Chelsea'

Bakayoko wants to play in the Champions League but ‘it depends on Napoli and Chelsea’

Abdoulaye had previously said joining Napoli was Bakayoko’s ‘priority’ but his most recent comments cast doubt over his future in Naples.  

Bakayoko bagged his second goal of the season in Napoli’s 2-0 win over Torino last Saturday, and has provided two assists for Gattuso’s side this campaign. 

The 26-year-old has also been sent out on loan to Monaco and AC Milan but has attracted no suitors for a permanent switch. 

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