Wednesday January 15 2020
Nainggolan: 'Difficult period expected'

Radja Nainggolan says Cagliari’s period of difficulty was to be expected, and that he has no problems with Inter boss Antonio Conte. “He was a man.”

The Rossoblu have lost each of their last five games in all competitions, including last night's 4-1 defeat to Inter in the Coppa Italia, and Nainggolan believes that their purple patch was never going to last forever.

“Unfortunately sooner or later the good period was going to end, we are experiencing the difficult one now,” the midfielder told the club’s official website.

“We concede goals too easily, today it happened within the first 20 seconds, clearly the game was all uphill after that.

“We need to stay more balanced. We have to look at each other, to help each other, we all get out of this tunnel together. Now we have to focus on Sunday’s game against Brescia.”

The Sardinian outfit are still sixth in the Serie A table, despite their defeats, and the Belgian midfielder says they mustn’t forget that.

“We must remember that we are having an extraordinary season. We have 29 points, and are in sixth place, something that the club hasn’t achieved for a long time.”

Nainggolan was shown the door by Inter coach Antonio Conte following his arrival at the club last June, but the 31-year-old says he has no hard feelings towards him.

“Conte was a man. We talked and said things to each other; I have no problems with him.

“Can Inter win the Scudetto? If Juventus don’t win it, then I am happy.”

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