Inter followed up their three-pointer against newly promoted Lecce with another three-pointer against a Cagliari at the Sardegna Arena, thanks to a 2-1 win, and Nerazzurri coach Antonio Conte was happy with the result but not entirely with the performance, when speaking with Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia.

“Already yesterday I said to the guys that this would be a tricky game. In Sardinia, even the best teams have a hard time. You have to put yourself at their level in terms of fighting spirit and being aggressive.”

“We kind of switched between good and bad episodes. The season is long, but we have started off well with two victories, something that gives us confidence, but for sure we have to improve.”

“Coming here, I have found a group of players that are great, always available and for my part there is even more will to do better. We have to be stronger mentally, there are a number of players that haven’t won anything here. The mentality that I’m talking about will come as you win. This is the challenge that we are facing, but the guys want to improve.”

The Nerazzurri coach was then full of praise for new signing Stefano Sensi, who gave yet another impressive performance.

“Sensi knows football, I show him something and he immediately gets it. Today, he was not at his best during the first half, then he stepped up and had an extraordinary match. We have midfielders with attacking skills, we just have to get everyone in their best condition.”

“I expect a lot from Vecino, Gagliardini has a lot of potential, he just has to return to the form that made us buy him. Barella is struggling more than Sensi, he can play on the left or the right of centre midfield but he isn’t a playmaker. He has the potential of being a player that leaves his mark on the match.”

“To be honest, I will follow the last days of the transfer market quietly. We have made all the transfers we wanted and if something new would come up, that would surprise me. I’m very happy with the squad, we have to improve. But when I see a player like Ranocchia who has played two games that we have won, it is clear that everyone can make a difference. What will happen if Icardi stays? Exactly what has happened until now.”