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Inter defender praises 'demanding' Conte

Tue 04 May 2021 | 12:56

Inter defender Stefan de Vrij has helped Conte's men win the first Scudetto since 2010 and played 31 Serie A games in the process. The 29-year-old centre-back praise 'demanding' Antonio Conte.

"

If you work with this coach, you understand why he's so successful,"

De Vrij

told Algemeen Dagblad

. "He's so passionate, so demanding

.

"And tactically, he's very strong. We are prepared for every match in the smallest details. We know everything about the opponents, their way of attacking and defending.

"Conte brought an entire team with him when he joined Inter. With [Gabriele] Oriali as an assistant.

"Sometimes he tells me that he played against Cruijff in the 1970s. 'You couldn't defend against him', he tells me."

The centre-back doesn't feel it was 'an advantage' to be knocked out of the Champions League and waits for a busy summer with Holland.

"

You will never hear it from my mouth

," he said. "

It was a disappointment to have been eliminated

.

"I still feel fresh and fit. There are four games left and then the preparations for the European Championship.

"With our group matches at home and the fans at the Arena. I remember watching Euro 2000 in my country as a child.

"When we were eliminated by Italy in the semi-finals, I didn't have the courage to watch the penalties."

Despite the many games that he played and struggles with coronavirus, De Vrij feeling fine.

"

I have played more that 60 games since June, but I'm not tired yet,

" he continued.

"I had coronavirus, I lost games because of it, having flu for two days and losing taste and smell

.

"Fortunately, however, I recovered."

De Vrij

also believes defeat against 

Sevilla

in the Final of the Europa League helped the Nerazzurri's growth.

"

It was a great disappointment, but it helped us to take the next step,"

he said. "

Inter are consistent, solid and united

.

"Last season we conceded some goals towards the end, this year it rarely happened to us. There's always been patience, and that made a difference."

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