Sunday August 21 2016
De Boer: 'Inter not in good shape'

Frank de Boer explained his tactical choices after losing his Inter debut 2-0 at Chievo. “We have a lot of work to do.”

Valter Birsa bagged a brace at the Stadio Bentegodi to spoil the Dutchman’s opening competitive game on the Inter bench.

“We are very disappointed by the result and have a lot of work to do,” De Boer told Mediaset Premium.

“I am confident we will improve both in terms of the football and physically. Next week we will try to do better.”

De Boer had only one friendly under his belt since replacing Roberto Mancini 11 days ago, but changed to a three-man defence and started the not 100 per cent fit Antonio Candreva.

“I chose this system because we are not in the best shape. We played three at the back based on our condition and the way Chievo play.

“We conceded a goal in the most difficult moments, the game went because we are not at our best physically. When you concede that type of goal, it’s difficult, but this is football.

“I think fitness levels influenced our tempo and that is why I decided to play with three. We had only one friendly match together, so I haven’t had much time to improve these aspects.”