Antonio Conte has just finished the press conference on the eve of Torino-Inter, thirteenth day of the Italian Serie A Championship 2019/20. Here is the content of his conference broadcast live from Inter-News.it (updated from bottom to top) Lukaku always scores, but has not yet scored in the Champions League.
Did you give him a motivational speech? I think we are talking about a player who is very important to us, as is Lautaro Martinez. They are both doing very well, so there is little to say. It is only to underline the work they are doing for the team and the goals that Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez are making. It is to be hoped that this will continue.
Could D’Ambrosio play again as a third defensive player having two externals like Candreva and Lazaro? D’Ambrosio had a foot problem, a finger infringement. Now he is definitely a recovered player. He must find the best condition, which can only be achieved by training. D’Ambrosio is a flexible player, a joker who can cover different roles, both as a central defender and an external one. It is important to have a player with his characteristics in pink because it gives the possibility, either at the beginning or at the current game, to intervene in different roles.
What are the recovery times for the three injured Asamoah, Gagliardini and Sensi? No, honestly this is a speech that should be done more with the doctor. They are working and recovering. Certainly they have different times, but going into the details specifically becomes very very difficult. I hope to have them as soon as possible because we need them.
Will you do training calculations for the next Champions League match? We have to think absolutely from game to game, so the next one for us is the most important one. We are in an emergency situation, even if we want to do some calculations, there is no such risk (smiles, ed).
Torino-Inter will also be a derby between you and Mazzarri. What unites and divides you, and what relationship do you have now? With Mazzarri, relationships are excellent. We also had a chance to face each other in England in the challenge between Chelsea and Watford. And we also talked a lot about our experience. Inevitably, when I play, I become his opponent and he is mine. He will do everything to overcome Inter and I will try to better prepare my boys to overcome them. The relationship is of great respect. I respect Mazzarri as a person and as a coach for his career. He has done well and is doing well at Torino. I’m happy for him, because he is a serious and prepared coach who devotes so much to football. This is enough for me to have great respect for him.
Do you regret not having been able to make full use of this rose for injuries? Surely for the traumatic injuries of D’Ambrosio, Politano and Sanchez there is little to do. But the muscular ones are only two, those of Gagliardini and Sensi. We are not talking about numerous injuries. In some areas of the rose, if one or two injuries are added, they create problems for us, because perhaps we are not so numerous in that department.
What feeling did the received threat letter leave you? As I said in the past, we must try to convey positive values, for those who follow us and for generations. I said I was “surprised” when I returned to Italy, I have already expressed myself in the past. It is not right to give space to these episodes, which are negative and negative. The more space we give, the more negative messages we send to who we are, especially to young people who see us as people from whom to learn positive lessons. The less we talk about, the better. Some are doing their job and assured me that they will give me news on everything. Stop.
What is Sensi’s problem? Sensi pretty much skipped all last month’s mini-cycle, all the games. There have been a few problems, now we are trying together with the medical staff to bring it back in the best conditions. And above all, once he returns, let him stay permanently with us.
This mini-cycle until Christmas can make you understand something more about the true value of Inter and what can be the final goal? Meanwhile we must continue to grit our teeth, because we continue to be in great emergency. This must serve us as a further stimulus. We did the last mini-cycle of seven games always in emergency, we start again with the same emergency. But at the same time we know that we will have to pull even more than the maximum from every player to try to make up for this situation. We hope it will lighten up in the future so as not to risk other players, giving me a choice and letting them rest. They are seven important games. Before the Christmas break we will have to do our best both in the league and in the Champions League, where it will not be easy to pass the round and we will try to do everything to pass the round. But we knew it from the beginning of the season that it wouldn’t be easy for us.
How did you find the team back from the break and how are the injured players recovering? Yesterday we re-embraced all the players who had gone around to play with the national teams. It is inevitable that it is difficult to work when there is a break and to prepare the game that must be faced. Today we will have to exploit it despite the weather is not the best (smiles, ed), we will have to try to work well preparing the game. It will be a very difficult match against Torino. As for recoveries, there are no particular recoveries. Sensi, Gagliardini and Asamoah remain unavailable. In addition to Politano and Sanchez.
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