Antonio Conte pays tribute to Sinisa Mihajlovic: “Warriors are born.”

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“Warriors are born, and you always have been.”

Tied to him, to Sinisa Mhajlovic, is one of the bitterest memories of the Antonio Conte version of the Inter coach. On Jul. 5, 2020, with the league having just resumed after the pandemic stoppage, the Nerazzurri incredibly lost at the San Siro against the late Serbian coach’s Bologna in a match dense with twists and turns.

Down by a goal and a man, the Felsinei had to face a penalty kick against. In an excess of selflessness Romelu Lukaku left the shot to Lautaro Martinez, who was hypnotized by Skorupski. As if by magic, the game changed, with the red and blue able first to equalize, with a goal – the first in Serie A – by Juwara. And then, having re-established numerical parity due to the red light on Bastoni, even to win with a goal by Musa Barrow. It was Conte’s first Inter, engaged in a laborious comeback to Juve at the time coached by Maurizio Sarri, who later became Italian champions.

On such a sad day, perhaps Conte will have thought back to the tenacity put on the field then by the Emilian lineup, which, already devoid of any particular interests in the standings, honored the commitment to the utmost to the point of overturning the outcome of the match. Certainly the esteem for the Sinisa coach, as well as for the man, was strengthened on that hot July day.

On the day of his death, Mihajlovic was remembered this way by the former Nerazzurri coach: “Warriors are born and you always were, on the field as in Life. Happy journey Sinisa,” the Salento player wrote on his Instagram profile.

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