Tuesday November 3 2020
Conte: 'Details changed the game'

Antonio Conte maintains Inter ‘are on the right track’ after a 3-2 defeat to Real Madrid. ‘This proves that details can change a game.’

The Nerazzurri had fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2, but then another defensive error allowed Rodrygo to snatch the victory.

“This is my Inter, both good and bad. I think you also need these steps to grow and I don’t know how many teams came here to Madrid and played this type of football, who came back from 2-0 down with our two gifts, got it back on track and had chances to win 3-2,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia.

“We conceded the third goal and the results recently are certainly not giving the lads what they deserve for their efforts, but do prove that details can change a game.

“There was a back-pass and I think Mendy fouled Hakimi before that. On the set play, we should’ve marked in much more determined fashion. The lads must realise that details make the difference.

“Real Madrid talked about it as a Final, so they gave it their all, were concentrated, determined and realised the importance of the result. I have to say that I am satisfied with the overall approach, but the details make the difference at this level.”

Inter reached the Europa League Final last season, but have stuttered both in Serie A and the Champions League so far this term.

“There are no short-cuts to success. Inter are going through their journey, their process, and have grown a huge amount since last season’s games in the Champions League.

“We came here and played our game against Real Madrid. I think these steps are important to understand where and how to improve. At the same time, we feel very bitter, because considering what we produced and the way we played, the results have not gone in our favour lately.”

Inter are now bottom of their Champions League group with two points, while Real Madrid and Shakhtar Donetsk have four, and Borussia Monchengladbach are on five.

“There are three games to go, nine points up for grabs, this team has shown it can challenge. I think with a little bit of luck, we can bring home a positive result and not just a good performance,” assured Conte.

“We have to keep working on the details and realise that work, mentality and confidence took us to put in this performance. We are on the right track, but the details are too damaging at the moment.”