Conte: ‘If I don’t last until Christmas…’

Antonio Conte admits if he is sacked at Inter before Christmas, it’ll be ‘because I didn’t deserve’ to stay, but denies the squad is working against him.

The coach is under fire after another Champions League defeat, this time 2-0 at home to Real Madrid, leaving them with just two points from four rounds.

Conte was given the infamous Tapiro d’Oro trophy – the Golden Tapir – by satirical television show Striscia La Notizia today.

He was asked if he will ‘eat the panettone’ – a common phrase meaning he might not be around to enjoy the traditional Christmas delicacy at the club party.

“There is a lot of work to be done, but if I don’t eat the panettone, it’ll be because I didn’t deserve to,” replied Conte.

However, when asked if the team was working against him, his mood became more irritable.

“That’s a stupid question.”