Inter manager Antonio Conte has shared his delight with his side following the 5-2 victory over newly promoted Benevento earlier on this evening.
“The greatest satisfaction is to see that, beyond the players, the idea of the game does not change, it is the same as what we have been doing since last year but with more options,” he explained to Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, post match.
“This is a team that plays, attacks and creates a lot. We have to work a little when it comes to balance, but I enjoy seeing this team play.”
He then spoke on the change of system and congratulated the team for their efforts in the match at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito.
“We are building on the work made last year, this is important. On this basis we also intervened by changing the system by adding an attacking midfielder. The fact of being able to give two interpretations increases our danger.
“Well done to the guys because let’s not forget that Benevento came into this after a victory over Sampdoria. We showed the right determination and had the right approach but there is a lot of work to do.”
He was then asked if he could provide any update on the status of midfielder Arturo Vidal who was forced to come off early into the second half due to injury.
“Arturo received a blow to the thigh and I preferred to take him off and not risk him because of the result but it shouldn’t be anything to worry about, he is a warrior and warriors are always ready for war.”
He then bickered with Sky Sport Italia pundit Alessandro Bonan about the transfer market: “I didn’t ask the club for anything, I didn’t ask anyone for anything.”
Conte was then asked what he makes of managers who have said that they see Inter as the favourite to win the Serie A title this season.
“We have to be enthusiastic, it means that they have respect for our work. Last year’s season also has an impact on their judgment. This must fill us with satisfaction because for so many years Inter were considered an outsider.
“Now we have gained credibility and they see us with different eyes. Maybe it will be even more difficult because they will face us with greater determination.”
“I am pleased that people can see these dynamics on the pitch, that there is something organised. Sometimes we forget the work that the coach does.”
He was then quizzed on media speculation which has seen Inter linked with making a potential move for Chelsea wing-back Marcos Alonso.
“I’m not talking about the transfer market. This is up to the club, I’m only interested in working and enhancing the squad I have at my disposal.”
Next the former Italian national team boss was asked whether making several changes each week would be persistent throughout the season after he made seven changes for this game.
“As I said before, despite these changes, Inter itself has been seen. We have shown that we work well and that we are all singing off the same hymn sheet.”
“I can already imagine what would have been said if we had not won today. We prepare to face another match in the same way and in October it will be the same.
“Making changes also means speeding up the insertion of Kolarov, Hakimi, Vidal and the return of Perisic. We take risks because we have a precise system, we must understand the two phases. This speed of insertion allows me to count on those who have just arrived.”
In conclusion he was asked about the upcoming match between Juventus and Napoli this weekend.
“I will enjoy it on TV, knowing that you are all underestimating Napoli a lot. They are an excellent team, but no one is putting them among the favorites.”