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Conte: ‘the only way to try to stay alive is to win tomorrow’

Mon 30 November 2020 | 18:07

Antonio Conte believes they need to win tomorrow’s game to ‘stay alive’ and also thinks although Achraf Hakimi has potential, he needs to work a lot to unlock it.

Antonio Conte

admits that they made mistakes in the game against

Real Madrid

and the only way for them to ‘stay alive’ is to win the game against

Borussia Monchengladbach


"There were a lot of negative judgments after the match against Real Madrid, I heard people saying Real did what they wanted. They forget that we were reduced to ten men after 30 minutes and they had a penalty after four minutes. I challenge anyone situations to play on a pair against Real in this situation,” Conte at a press conference said.

“We created those situations and they penalized us, we must improve so that we do not create these negative situations that make everything more difficult.

“Tomorrow’s is a game against a difficult team that is doing well in the Champions League. We must do our best to get out of the pitch without regrets.

"We started the Champions League as referees of our destiny, if today we are not, it means that we made some mistakes in some situations. Having said that, the only way to try to stay alive is to win tomorrow against Borussia.

“We know that it won’t be easy, but it will be an opportunity for us to follow a path started in Europe, where there are often knock-out games. There is an opportunity to test this type of situation once again.”

Achraf Hakimi

was rested in the match against


on Saturday. It is also expected that he will start in Germany tomorrow.

"Go and see what I said at the beginning [of the season] about Hakimi. I remain firm on my positions. He has potential but he has to work a lot on the defensive phase.

“In Italy, there are pressures, expectations, and demands higher than in Germany and in the Premier League, especially in teams such as



“He is a boy who has good potential but must work knowing that there are different pressures here.

"As for the tactical structure, I continue to reiterate a very simple speech that can be understood or not.

“We found ourselves after a short time having to make official matches with players such as [Aleksandar] Kolarov, Hakimi, and [Arturo] Vidal, who had just joined Inter. We had to try them in official games.

“We had to throw them in with the risks of the case. The balance is found working together and maybe even through the results".

source: SportMob