Inter coach Antonio Conte spoke to gathered reporters at a press conference earlier today, after the Nerazzurri’s disappointing 2-1 loss to Bologna at the San Siro. His words were noted by Italian media outlet FcInter1908.
“The disappointment is enormous. It’s a lot. At least as far as I’m concerned. And I also hope that the disappointment I have, the players also have 1% of it. We managed to lose a game we should have won.”
The Lecce born coach discussed whether he was angry at the squad after such a disappointing result.
“I’m angry with myself. I’m the coach and I’m responsible for what happens on the pitch. I have my responsibilities because I direct the situation one way or another. It’s right to be angry with myself and the players with themselves.”
The former Juventus boss also discussed whether the team are emotionally fragile.
“Situations can only be assessed by facing them. It’s my first year working with Inter I had to take a pre-packaged package, so many situations that there were and that we are working on. It’s only fair to put all the topics into it.”
Conte touched on why he joined Inter and how important it is to win.
“I was called here for a winning project, to bring Inter back to win. There are some situations that leave a lot of bitterness because you think you are in a stadium and instead you find yourself in a much smaller stadium.”
The former Chelsea coach highlighted what mindset is needed by the squad to win these types of games.
“We have to feel like we’re being questioned. From here to there we have to prove that we deserve Inter. Me and the players. Everyone has to show that they want to rise above these years, otherwise it’s right to make other decisions later on.”
The 50-year-old Italian didn’t think that he made his substitutions too late into the game.
“It was a game in complete control. It wasn’t a game to be unbalanced. The moment Sanchez was coming in, Bologna tied. The game was dominated. I don’t understand why I’d have to make any upsets. We were able to lose.”
Finally, Conte touched on whether there was a penalty or not.
“I prefer to gloss over this situation. We could have done better in that episode too.”
Inter’s loss against Bologna means that they are now 11 points behind rivals and league leaders Juventus, who are the favourites for the league title considering Lazio’s 3-0 loss to Milan yesterday.