On the eve of the championship match against Verona, Inter coach Antonio Conte answers journalists' questions at Appiano Gentile.With what spirit does a healthy team like Verona face?
"With great attention, knowing that they run and press. It will not be a simple game and we will have to be good at disposing of the disappointment of the defeat in the Champions League that can leave aftermath. But this is also part of a process of growth, quickly disposing of the waste of a disappointment ".
Are you still confident about the passage of the Champions League round?
"Winning in Dortmund would have changed our lives, we would have been with more than one foot in the next phases but now I see little hope. We just have to win our two games and hope for some results ".
Do you feel this team totally yours?
"Absolutely, market choices are always made in collaboration with the club, knowing what can and cannot be done. At the time when we planned the squad we did not put in the budget some things we could have foreseen and this remains the only regret. On a numerical level we have been superficial and in a serene way I say that we are paying for something "
Has he come out reassured by the encounter with society?
"You have seen mine as an outlet but I have not. It is a constructive way to try to understand where some mistakes have been made. But without pointing to anyone and putting myself first in the situation. I always see it in a constructive way because I was called here to change the engine speed of Inter and everything I do I do to improve. Then in private the managers are the first to recognize that some things could be done better. We have the same thought ”.
Are you worried about these injuries? Now Politano has also been hurt.
"These are all situations that must make us think constructively. When you face two such important competitions you have to put it in a budget. I trust my players even though there are objective difficulties. They are giving me the soul and I see great improvements in this group. We are talking about a young group on which something important can be built, but I want to raise the bar regardless because I don't want alibi. Inter must return to compete for important goals and then raise the bar even to myself. In all there is always a strategy ".
Do you have any new ideas since the blanket is short in attack?
"Right now we think of alternating Fonseca and Vergani, bringing them to the first team. I see no other alternatives. I have great confidence in Esposito and I would have no fear in doing so from the first minute. We will also try to make Fonseca and Vergani grow to make up for this period that is depriving us of alternatives ”.
How are Sensi and D'Ambrosio?
"Danilo still feels a bit of a nuisance, it's all about understanding that there is a tolerance for hitting the ball. He has a high tolerance of pain, today we will understand, knowing that then there will be a pause. Sensi comes from a problem with the adductor, is struggling to recover from this problem, I tried to manage it, see tomorrow, we have to make evaluations. But knowing that there is a stop we will do it based on those ".
What is there to solve in defense?
"It's much better for us when we can stand tall and put pressure on. However, we have scored many goals, although we have suffered a little more than the average. There is work to be done to rejoice also for maintaining the untouched network. The defensive phase concerns the whole team, we cannot impose specific faults on a sector ".
Is yours also a reference to the mentality of the environment?
"When I talk about strategy, I also refer to this. I was called to Inter to change something, to change engine revs and a type of situation that for 9 years saw Inter out of many situations. Spalletti has done a great job, seeing the difficulties I am finding. Juventus has been ahead for a long time, the other teams are also structured and for this reason it is a difficult historical moment. It is inevitable that I create expectations, I also create them to myself, but expectations cannot be placed only on me. We must all work to bring Inter where the president wants, that is to fight with everyone. Then if I make it difficult for someone or I'm trying to bring someone to the tours he's not used to working on, then I'm sorry. If I should notice that this cannot be done it becomes difficult, but I cannot distort myself. I ask a lot of myself and my staff because we have to work for excellence and we cannot be satisfied, because it is a historic moment in which we must push and raise the bar ".
At the end of the match Lautaro focused on the team's flaws, she focused on something else.
"I think at the time it was more important to talk about other things than to explain what went wrong in the second half against Dortmund. I do not know if for lack of our strength or for their skill, they have forced us to defend in our midfield. However, we wanted to attack them high, taking some risks, but we must understand that the situation is in between, but I don't know if in the end we had the strength and intensity that the game required ”.