Sunday January 17 2021
Bastoni assist was planned

Alessandro Bastoni reveals what Antonio Conte told him after that fantastic assist that allowed Inter to beat Juventus 2-0. ‘We’d been trying for a long time.’

It was a dominant Derby d’Italia performance for the Nerazzurri, as Arturo Vidal’s header and Nicolò Barella running onto a magnificent Bastoni long ball sealed the 2-0 result.

“We really wanted to win this and prepared well,” the defender told Sky Sport Italia.

“We were fully concentrated for all 90 minutes and didn’t run many risks at the back, so it went very well. I think you could tell from the performance that we prepared well.

“The midfielders give us a big hand with their work in front of the defence. Even when we play against less prestigious sides, there is always going to be quality and it’s tough when you are left one-on-one against anyone.

“If we stay compact between midfield and defence, it’s better for everybody. We work really well as a team.”

Inevitably, Bastoni was asked about that astonishing long pass for Barella, which was clocked at 61.3 metres.

“We’d been trying that for a long time and it only really worked tonight. In fact, the coach told me: ‘At last, you did it!’” he grinned.