Antonio Conte wants Inter to ‘measure our ambitions’ against Roma, a side that ‘will challenge for the Scudetto or Champions League places.”
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The Nerazzurri saw their run of eight consecutive Serie A victories come to an end with a 2-1 loss at Sampdoria, but remain one point off leaders Milan.
However, Roma have now closed to within three points of second place.
“We are talking about a strong team that is doing very well and certainly one of those that will challenge for the Scudetto or Champions League places,” said Conte in his press conference.
“We will therefore inevitably measure up our own ambitions against this very strong Roma team. What I want to see over the next three games is the result, because I’ve learned the performance is judged mainly by the result.
“The same goes for the upcoming match with Juventus, we want to measure our ambitions with actions and not just words.”
Conte was asked about the strange tendency Inter have to score goals in the second half and come back from trailing situations.
“It was the opposite last season, so I don’t know why, but our approach remains generally right. We were dominating Sampdoria and yet went two goals down.”
There was also tension off the field with Christian Eriksen’s agent suing Inter for unpaid commissions and reports the club is for sale rather than just seeking new investors.
“I prefer not to get into these matters, that is for others to comment on. We are focused only on giving our all for Inter.”
Conte had also criticised Arturo Vidal for his attitude both in training and on the pitch.
“He trained the right way this week, with determination and focus. You know, sometimes I try to be gentle with my players, at times I need to be harsh, but it’s all for their own good. Arturo knows me very well, he knows that if I don’t like something, I won’t just turn the other way.”