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Conte on Vidal's mistakes and Lukaku’s injury concerns

Sun 03 January 2021 | 14:34

The Serie A coach warned Vidal about earning a place on Inter’s squad while talking about Lukaku’s injury news.

Inter-Milan

manager, Antonio Conte, talked about

Arturo Vidal

’s chances of earning a spot on their line-up admitting that the player

“has to do much better and nobody is guaranteed a place”

on his squad.

Conte

, who saw his team moving to the top of the Serie A table after their 6-2 win over

Crotone

with

Lautaro Martinez

’s hat-trick, said:  

“There was a good response today and I felt we started the right way by being aggressive. Crotone pushed seven players up and surprised us on the corner.”

“We did well to turn it around, then a naïve error on the penalty could’ve sparked anxiety, but the lads instead did really well to stay focused, keep creating scoring opportunities and bring home another victory.”

The Inter boss added on

Lukaku

’s thigh complaint after scoring a goal, saying:  

“Romelu felt a slight muscular problem in his quadricep, we’ll see if he is at risk against Sampdoria or not. As soon as he felt that twinge, we immediately substituted him, so hopefully it’s nothing serious.”

When asked about Vidal giving away a penalty and his substitution during the match, Conte responded:

“He can improve a great deal. He certainly needs to work, keep his head down and work hard, because nobody has a guaranteed place in this team. He has to prove he deserves to play and do much better than he is doing at the moment.”

Pointing out that he seemed as if he was going to slap Vidal, Conte said with a smiley face:

“When I say he has to do much better, I am referring to the too many ups and downs, which we as Inter cannot afford. He knows that, he knows he has to get back to training harder, because playing for big clubs you can sometimes use training for back-heel flicks and fun, but that’s not the case here.”

“We’re glad Stefano Sensi is back, because we basically only had him for seven games last season. We have Roberto Gagliardini, who is a guarantee when he comes on, so we’re happy. We have alternatives and must try to keep improving.”

“In the second half, aside from Achraf Hakimi, it was basically the same line-up as last season. Hakimi is improving a great deal in his defending, as he arrived at Inter only focusing on attack, but we explained the importance of the wing-backs when defending.”

“He deserves credit for really knuckling down and can provide guarantees in defence too now.”


source: SportMob