The Italian is wary of the threat Dortmund possess and appreciated the atmosphere that the home fans create.
Ahead of Inter Milan’s Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund, the Nerazzurri boss Antonio Conte was interviewed by Italian broadcaster, Sport Mediaset as he shared his thoughts about the game.
“The atmosphere will be electric. We know all about the atmosphere that the fans of Borussia Dortmund create. Having said that, we also know the strength of their team and we will use our strength and our personality on an important field trying to play our own game,” he said.
The Italian tactician emphasised it as an important game and feels that if they get a win against Dortmund then they will have an edge ahead of the Germans in terms of qualification to the knockouts. He added, “It is an important game, it is useless to deny it. We are both on four points, it is a direct match and then there will be two other important matches. Being able to make a result here would give us confidence and an extra boost.”
Antonio Conte also denied taking any credit for Romelu Lukaku’s lively form after landing in Italy. He feels that both Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez are players with huge potential and they still have a long way to go.
“He and Lautaro Martinez are 26 and 22-years-old respectively. They are getting used to our ideas and my ideas of football. ,”
“For us, the attackers are fundamental. Playing with two strikers gives you effective solutions in the attack but they are also good on defence as they lend a hand to the team.”
“Romelu must continue to work, he has important margins for growth. He and Lautaro Martinez can both only improve.”
The former Chelsea manager concluded by being diplomatic when he was asked whether midfielder Stefano Sensi will start the game or not.
“Let’s see. He has recovered but we have to be sensible and not get caught up in the rush. It will be a physical game and I think Stefano can make a contribution. We will see if it will be from the beginning or during the match. We’ll evaluate the best solution.”