VALENCIA - A penalty shootout win against strong opponents who are ahead of Inter physically: Antonio Conte was satisfied with Inter’s performance in the Trofeo Naranja against Valencia. After the match, the Coach had the following to say to Inter TV: “It was a difficult and important match against an excellent side who have had the same coach for a long time. Last year, they won the Copa del Rey against Barcelona, for example.
“The lads’ performance was positive, because they once again displayed a desire to not give up, they didn’t want to come out of the match defeated. This is a very positive thing in terms of our mentality. I said to them that they could do better, but we are working hard to improve. They’re a bit tired because they are working from both a tactical and physical point of view in order to get up to speed. Tonight was another step forward in our development.”
His attentions then turned to individuals: “It was the first time this summer that Lautaro and Politano have played together. Lautaro has only been training with us for a few days, but he showed commitment and desire. Matteo had an injury problem. Both of them, but in general everyone, need to get used to the mechanisms I’m looking for in attack. I’m happy for Esposito, who came on in the right manner, and Longo, who is really helping us out.”
Finally he spoke about Lukaku: “He also needs to work hard, both from a physical point of view and to get used to the way we’re trying to go about things. He’ll certainly be an excellent signing, we’re really happy. He’ll show great desire and commitment to get himself ready.”