Antonio Conte is not someone who will often admit his own mistake and say: "we made a mistake, we were not good today" The temperamental strategist did not do that even after today's defeat by Sampdoria (1: 2), which ended the series of eight consecutive victories of Nerazzurri in Genoa.
Conte believes that everything went wrong for his team in this match and that the main reason for the defeat is that they were not lucky. Actually, this may be true, but it is clear that the biggest problem is still in their own team.
Inter has been too bad in defense all season, today they conceded two goals again, and on the other hand, they failed to make up for that once again in the attack phase. "It was a weird game, we could have taken it early from the penalty spot, and then we were two goals behind.
The team played well, we created a lot of chances to score goals. Sometimes you deserve to lose, but in situations like today's stuff you just can't do it. It was hard to come back, but we tried until the end, "Conte said.
Many problems in the attack were caused by the absence of the top scorer Romelu Lukaku. "This is not the first time we have played without Romelu. Everyone knows the quality he possesses, but he was not 100% ready, which was clear when he entered the game.
It is disappointing because we deserved more from this game. We have to analyze what happened and what went wrong. It was a weird game. The players did their best, but luck completely forgot about us. "
Conte on his team
The temperamental strategist did not give a complete answer to the question - whether Inter is ready to wake up only when the opponent hits them first.
"Our offensive game is great, we attack with a large number of players, attackers, midfielders, also with defenders. And our realization is also good. Sometimes we lacked balance, especially in the first part of the season when we conceded too many goals, but I don't have objections to our attacking game and the way we attack the opponent's penalty area, "Conte added.
Nerazzurri did not manage, at least for a short time, to take the leading position from Milan, and already on Sunday, they will have a difficult visit to Roma (12.30). Conte's colleague Paulo Fonseca has already learned to function ideally in a situation with a large number of injured players, he managed to activate those from the background, so Roma is only three points behind the upcoming opponent.
"It is always important for us to win three points, regardless of who the opponent is. Inter is a strong team, but we always want to win," he said after today's victory over Crotone, where he managed to rest several important players and save them.