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Conte admits: 'Lukaku a different player now'

Sat 24 October 2020 | 22:13

Antonio Conte declares that Romelu Lukaku has become ‘a different player’ after playing for one year at Inter, however he is disturbed by Christian Eriksen. More important, it is believed that ‘he plays if he deserves to.’

Winning over

Genoa’s Catenaccio tactic

s took time. At last

, Lukaku

and Danilo D’Ambrosio  accomplish t

he 2-0 triumph

over Marassi.

 In response to the Sky Sport Italia, Conte admitted that “We controlled the game from the start, at times you manage to break through earlier, sometimes you take a while.”

“Against

Borussia Monchengladbach

, the statistics show we only allowed two shots on goal and one was a misplaced pass. We allowed zero shots on target today and kept a clean sheet.”

“You talk about numbers, I have to make a more clear-headed analysis on the number of chances we actually allow and that’s more important than the goals conceded.”

Hopefully, after coping with

COVID-19

, Alessandro Bastoni reappeared in the team. It is obvious he  did his utmost to make a great difference in the Inter back three.

“It’s inevitable that

Bastoni

knows it better than Kolarov, who was accustomed to a different type of tactical approach. I am happy with

Aleks

, as he brought character, experience and a lot of quality.

Romelu

is a different player to what he was a year ago. I always said in the past he was a rough diamond that I wanted to work with. He is working and you can see just the way he receives the ball, the way he moves, everything has improved.”

Conte added in detail:

“Bastoni

worked with us last season, so he knows the timing of the movements we need to make systematically. It takes time for newcomers like

Aleksandar Kolarov

to get the hang of it. Let’s not forget, we had only 10 days of pre-season training, several new players, and in defence especially it takes a while to practice the movements.”  

“The team is aware of its strength and we used that today to play with confidence. When you concede three goals from three chances, it means the team has balance, there are just some errors.”

 

Lukaku

hit hard and strong the defences of Genoa. Also, he ended in

breaking the deadlock several times

along with another operator insisting on the world’s best center-forward of the Belgian.

“I do agree that

Andrea Ranocchia

had a great game this evening, so did

Matteo Darmian

. Ranocchia hadn’t played in a while, he seemed destined to leave, but this is proof that when you are focused and work hard, you get your chances.”

“You see Christian’s characteristics, I am trying to get the best out of him, but I don’t like that you keep trying to make me speak ill of Eriksen rather than praise others.”

 “Romelu

is a

different player

to what he was a year ago. I always said in the past he was a rough diamond that I wanted to work with. He is working and you can see just the way he receives the ball, the way he moves,

everything has improved.”

“I think you’re getting too focused on this

Eriksen issue

, you’ve been underlining and asking about him since January. He is part of the squad, like everyone else, he plays if he

deserves

it and won’t play if he doesn’t.”

 “He is with us, that’s not a problem. It’s inevitable we need to find the right way to get the best out of him, at times it works, at others it doesn’t. We need to work with him and get him to increase the intensity. He’s trying, he’s giving it all, but we can’t keep analysing and underlining how Inter play when Eriksen is on or off the field, the changes when he is substituted. It’s not fair.”

Conte

was

badgered through the irksome questions

when he was asked how Eriksen is a particularly appropriate

element

for the Inter picture puzzle.


source: SportMob
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