Antonio Conte has told his Inter Milan players that history only remembers the winners as he bids to win the club’s first piece of European silverware in 10 years.
The San Siro outfit take on five-time winners Sevilla in the Europa League final on Friday night, having smashed Shakhtar Donetsk 5-0 in their last-four encounter on Monday.
Now the former Chelsea and Juventus boss is ready to take the club all the way by issuing a rallying cry to his players ahead of the showpiece in Cologne.
Inter’s last period of success in Europe came during Jose Mourinho’s reign where he won the Champions League in 2010.
Conte, who won the Champions League in 1996 and UEFA Cup in 1993 with Juventus, has plenty of experience when it comes down to the final game of a competition.
‘As a player, I played a lot of them,’ Conte said at a press conference. ‘I have won but I have also lost a lot.
‘People only remember when you win. I have won a Champions League, but I have lost three. In history, only the first one remains.
‘We must have the enthusiasm and awareness of having made an important journey that will give us enthusiasm.
‘We must be proud to have reached a final 10 years after the last time Inter did.
‘History is written by those who win, we only remember those. This is an extra push to get the most out of it.’
During the press conference, Conte remained coy about his own future at San Siro.
‘Over the years, I have learned to live the moments,’ he added.
‘Now, I think about the press conference alongside two champions like [Diego] Godin and [Samir] Handanovic.
‘We have to be there tomorrow, I will live the Final. This I have learned in my career. I think about now and live without regrets.’