Monday November 30 2020
Conte: 'Hakimi must learn how to defend'

Antonio Conte admits Inter made mistakes and believes Achraf Hakimi ‘must work on the defensive phase.’

The Nerazzurri face Borussia Monchengladbach in a key away Champions League clash on Tuesday.

"There were a lot of negative judgements after the match against Real Madrid, I heard people saying Real did what they wanted. They forget that we were reduced to ten men after 30 minutes and they had a penalty after four minutes. I challenge anyone situations to play on a pair against Real in this situation,” Conte said at a press conference.

“We created those situations and they penalized us, we must improve so that we do not create these negative situations that make everything more difficult.

“Tomorrow’s is a game against a difficult team that is doing well in the Champions League. We must do our best to get out of the pitch without regrets.

"We started the Champions League as referees of our destiny, if today we are not, it means that we made some mistakes in some situations. Having said that, the only way to try to stay alive is to win tomorrow against Borussia.

“We know that it won’t be easy, but it will be an opportunity for us to follow a path started in Europe, where there are often knock-out games. There is an opportunity to test this type of situation once again.”

Achraf Hakimi was rested against Sassuolo on Saturday and is expected to start in Germany tomorrow.

"Go and see what I said at the beginning [of the season] about Hakimi. I remain firm on my positions. He has potential but he has to work a lot on the defensive phase.

“In Italy there are pressures, expectations and demands higher than in Germany and in the Premier League, especially in teams such as Inter.

“He is a boy who has good potential, but must work knowing that there are different pressures here.

"As for the tactical structure, I continue to reiterate a very simple speech that can be understood or not.

“We found ourselves after a short time having to make official matches with players such as [Aleksandar] Kolarov, Hakimi and [Arturo] Vidal, who had just joined Inter. We had to try them in official games.

“We had to throw them in with the risks of the case. The balance is found working together and maybe even through the results".