Sunday December 15 2019
Conte: 'Inter deserved more again'

Antonio Conte saw some parallels between Inter’s 1-1 draw with Fiorentina and the 2-1 defeat to Barcelona. “We deserved more from both games.”

The Nerazzurri have had a rough few days, as they crashed out of the Champions League with a 2-1 home defeat to Barcelona, then fumbled a lead to draw 1-1 in stoppages at Fiorentina.

“These are games where we didn’t take the results we deserved. Against Barcelona, we paid for wasting several chances to score and allowing two situations where we could’ve done a lot better,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

“It was a strong response from the team. It’s disappointing about that late equaliser, because we deserved more, both tonight and against Barcelona.

“We must try to improve our finishing and our defending.”

The draw means Juventus have now caught Inter at the top of the Serie A table, both on 39 points.

“I don’t think we can complain about the effort or attitude of these lads. It is a growth process, we need patience to learn from mistakes. If we don’t have patience and assume we must win every game because we are Inter, then we’re not progressing.

“We had the chances to win it, (Bartlomiej) Dragowski made an extraordinary save on Romelu Lukaku. We are talking about players who are constantly going out there and playing 90 minutes, so inevitably there is going to be some fatigue.

“Perhaps the fact that we came here and dominated Fiorentina is a positive, so we should see the glass half-full.”

Milan Skriniar tried to chase down Dusan Vlahovic for the equaliser, but Conte again pointed to inevitable fatigue.

“It’s hard to talk about fitness levels, because we’ve had seven games in 21 days, with Lautaro and Lukaku playing constantly.

“Unfortunately, the Alexis Sanchez injury left us in a situation where we couldn’t give them any respite, so I can only thank them. These players need a breather, but we cannot afford to give it to them.

“It’s disappointing to concede a counter-attack goal in stoppages. We can only work harder to be more precise and try to prevent these situations from developing.”

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