Inter Coach Antonio Conte: “We Lacked Killer Instinct To Close The Game Off”

Inter Coach Antonio Conte: “We Lacked Killer Instinct To Close The Game Off”
October 4, 2020 20:30
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Inter coach Antonio Conte discussed the Nerazzurri’s explosive 1-1 draw against Lazio in an interview with Italian broadcaster InterTV immediately after the match.

“The most positive aspect is the fact that we came to the Olimpico and played our match, I think we led the game for most of the match. We lacked the killer instinct to close it out, considering the game we started.

“They scored with their typical chance. The draw undermined some of our certainties, I think with a bit more luck we could have brought home the match and the points we deserved.”

The 51-year-old Italian coach commented on how the philosophy has changed to be more offensive overall, and appearing more mature in general.

“The kind of football that this team practices is offensive, both in possession and non-possession. It is the fruit of our work, sometimes we are rewarded like against Benevento, sometimes not, like today.

“After the break we will play every 3/4 days, everyone knows our philosophy and must be ready, we need flexibility and spirit of sacrifice. The enthusiasm must not fail, as well as the desire.”

Finally, Conte spoke about how his squad selection choice reflects that the team are looking to build a strong defensive by having an amazing offense.

“Sure, the wing backs are offensive, Perisic and Hakimi are there. We then play with two strikers and I put Barella between the lines as a trequartista, as a testimony of the flexibility that I ask of my guys.

“We must continue on this path, playing every 3/4 days everyone will be called to give their contribution. I repeat, we have a precise idea of the game, defending by attacking, and everyone knows it.”

The Nerazzurri’s unbeaten start to the season continues, with the team now sitting on seven points near the top of the table after three games played.

The Milanese side beat Fiorentina 4-3 in their first game of the season and Benevento 5-2 in the second.

Inter’s next game is against Genoa on the 17th September, after the international break. Days after that clash, the Milanese side will face German side Borussia Monchengladbach in their opening game of the Champions League.

By Apollo Heyes


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