Inter manager Antonio Conte addressed the gathered media at a press conference in the press room at San Siro immediately after last night’s Coppa Italia quarter final win over Fiorentina.
Conte was forced to change from his tried and tested 3-5-2 system due to a host of injuries but Inter still managed to get a result as they ran out 2-1 victors over their fellow Serie A side.
Antonio Candreva scored the opener for Inter shortly before the half time interval as he made the most of a mix up at the back for Fiorentina. Martin Caceres then pulled the teams level but parity only last a few minutes as Nicolo Barella scored what proved to be the winner.
Conte firstly spoke on the transfer market and if he is expecting the club to do anything with regards to the attack before the window closes and thanked some of the outgoing players.
“I don’t expect anything, I think we have operated in a smart and functional way to improve the squad as the targets we set ourselves in Moses, Young and Eriksen, have arrived. We will try to do our best as we have done up until now.
“I wish to thank Politano and Lazaro for their professionalism. I want to thank them because it is only right to do so.”
He then spoke on how he thinks things will change due to the arrival of attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen.
“Let’s start with the fact that Eriksen only trained with us yesterday [Tuesday], today [yesterday] I catapulted him onto the pitch, something I never do because new players have to get used to our ideas.
“For many reasons, we had to improvise for this match and played with a system we only prepared yesterday [Tuesday]. We only had two central midfielders available.
“Eriksen will come in handy. He can play out on the left or he can also play in a two man midfield. He is an intelligent player and sees the game well.”
In conclusion he praised Barella for his performance.
“Barella is an eclectic player, he did well in front of the defence because he shielded the ball well and managed to start the attacks in the right way. He is returning to the pre-injury performance levels now he is getting back in shape as the matches pass.”