Antonio Conte voiced his frustrations after Wednesday’s semi-final loss to Napoli in the Coppa Italia. The Inter boss made it clear that Napoli were the better side and have an impressive squad. It’s always nice when the boss doesn’t take things away from the other team.
Conte was also sure to turn the blame towards his own squad. Saying that they have a long way to go and that they’re at the beginning of the journey.
“The derby took away a lot of energy, especially nervous,” he began. “I made five changes from Sunday to bring in fresh legs, but Napoli beat Juventus, Lazio and Liverpool this season, so that means they’ve got quality there.
”I’d say that, after Juventus, Napoli have the most impressive squad in Serie A.
”Gennaro Gattuso was smart to sit back, wait and go on the counter. We had the chances and it would’ve been a fair result if we had played out a draw.
”When you’re up against defensive teams like this, you have to move the ball around faster and create spaces.
”We are at the start of this journey, so if some think we are at the same level as a side that was at the top for many years, then I say we’re a long way off and have to use these defeats to improve.”
Antonio Conte | Source