Antonio Conte warns Inter must not allow ‘lethal’ counter-attacks to Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League. ‘We must prove we’re worth a place in the semi-final.’
The quarter-final kicks off on Monday at 20.00 UK time (19.00 GMT) in Dusseldorf.
“Bayer Leverkusen are very dangerous on the counter-attack and we’ve got to be wary that we don’t leave open spaces, or they can be lethal,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia and during his press conference.
“What we need is unity and trying to play the way we prepared it, both on and off the ball. These matches are often decided by details, so concentration is key.
“I expected our hard work to pay off in the long run. This team has to focus on what it does best, which is play football. That is the dream of every coach.”
Inter legend Andreas Brehme said the Europa League winner will probably come from this quarter-final.
“These are games without favourites, as once you reach the quarter-final and semi-final stage, anything can happen,” replied Conte.
“As I said before the Getafe game, we must prove that we’re worth a place in the semi-final. We proved against Getafe that we were worth the quarters, now we have to do even more.
“We’ve got to be positive, as we work every day to achieve the ultimate objective. We mustn’t end this tournament with regrets, as if we give our all, then we’ll be satisfied.”
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