Ahead of Europa League Final on Friday in Cologne between Sevilla and Inter Milan, Antonio Conte had worked on the psychology of his players. Inter Milan has faced trophy draught for ten years and Conte is prepared to bring them back to history of trophy by winning today’s final against Sevilla. He said on a pre-match press conference on Thursday that only the winners are remembered.
“What I’ve realised is that people only remember when you win finals.
“I won the Champions League, but I lost a further four finals and the people that leave their mark on history are those that win matches and trophies.
“We should be proud we have reached a first final for 10 years, especially at a prestigious club like Inter. But history is written by the conquerors, the winners. That is added motivation for us to go out and win.
“My perception working with these players day in, day out, all of the players bought into the work and have become braver as the season move on.
“The braver we became, the greater chances we had to bring home a big trophy like the Europa League.
“We’re here now and we need to make the most of the opportunity.
He acknowledges the strength of his players,
“I knew Lukaku very well because he’s a player I’d followed for some time,” Conte added. “I tried many times to sign him at my former clubs. I knew the characteristics he had.
“As for Lautaro, he was a player I had admired on television, even though he hadn’t played much last year. I saw his capability and his quality.
“It was inevitable that, working together, and working a lot, the understanding between the two would develop. They’re players who have the typical selfishness of a forward, but also the selflessness to play for the team and help others score.”
Inter Milan seems to be the favourite in today’s Europa League final, but they shouldn’t forget that Sevilla are the most successful side in Europa League history with five wins in the competition over the past 14 years.
The kick off time is 8pm WAT