Wednesday September 25 2019
Conte: 'Game of two halves'

Antonio Conte saw “a game of two halves” and admits Samir Handanovic kept Inter afloat in their “deserved” 1-0 win over Lazio.

The Nerazzurri have a 100 per cent record after five rounds, as Danilo D’Ambrosio’s header proved the difference along with Samir Handanovic’s saves.

“This was a game of two halves,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“We started aggressive, Lazio were sitting back and waiting to hit us on the counter-attacks with pacey players like Joaquin Correa and Felipe Caicedo, then caused problems for us when we lost the ball.

“After the goal, we got a little deeper and must recognise that Handanovic made some excellent saves. In the second half, we played with character, consolidating and deserving the victory, seeing as we had numerous scoring opportunities.

“It is a valuable victory against a very strong opponent that reinforced over the summer and has been working with Simone Inzaghi for four years.

“I wasn’t happy in the first half, because you end up drowning in those situations, but we dominated after the break and created many chances to double our lead. Lazio were dangerous on set plays, as they are very good in the air.

“We tip our hat to Lazio for a good performance, but we won a difficult match.”

Conte was asked about the Scudetto race, seeing as Napoli lost 1-0 at home to Cagliari today and fell six points adrift of the leaders.

“You won’t move my position. You saw the difficulties we had in the first half. At the same time, getting five wins out of five shows the hard work is paying off and the mentality is becoming consolidated.

“I am sure the moment we get a bad result, the critics will come piling on, but we are ready.”