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Antonio Conte: Eriksen can do far better

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Conte still thinks the Danish midfielder can be further fit.

PFC Ludogorets Razgrad v FC Internazionale - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: First Leg Photo by Claudio Villa - Inter/Inter via Getty Images

Inter Milan boss Antonio Conte held the usual post-match press conference after the 2-0 win in the Europa League. The win over Ludogorets saw Christian Eriksen net his first goal for Inter, and Romelu Lukaku finish off the match with a stoppage-time penalty.

Conte discussed the tempo of the match with the press. He also emphasized the squad rotation that needs to take place amidst multiple competitions.

“Our journey in the Europa League will be one of squad rotation and using this tournament to give playing time to those who haven’t had much space. Let’s not forget that this is a competition that can crush you on a mental and physical level if you think of playing the same team on Thursday and Sunday.”

Conte then transitioned to discuss Eriksen’s fitness and his adjustment to the tempo that Conte prefers to play at.

“He did well tonight, but has a lot more work to do and I think can do far, far better. I am happy for the goal, as that always helps with confidence, but he needs to rediscover the tempo and intensity that were such a strength of his game in previous years.

“He still hasn’t found his full fitness, but we are in no rush and not feeling anxious about this. We know that we signed a player who can raise the quality level either from the first minute or off the bench.

“I think of what is best for Inter and integrating a new player in the best possible way, whereas others are thinking of other things. He can certainly do better, as the whole team can.”

Conte | Source