“He can do much, much better”: Christian Eriksen must “rediscover his pace” before he can play more for Inter Milan, Antonio Conte claims despite his goal against Ludogorets
- Inter Milan defeated Ludogorets 2-0 in the first leg of their Tour of 32 draw
- Christian Eriksen and Romelu Lukaku goals give Inter a huge advantage
- Inter-boss Antonio Conte has challenged Eriksen to improve his performance
- The Italian has gradually played the Dane and said he “can do much better”
Antonio Conte challenged Christian Eriksen to raise his performance levels after the Inter-midfielder scored for his new side in their 2-0 win over Ludogorets.
The Italian giants fought for big spells from their Europa League round of 32 draw to abort the Bulgarian minnows before Eriksen’s attempt of reach broke the deadlock.
Inter doubled their advantage after Romelu Lukaku tucked away a late spot kick to give Conte’s men a huge boost in the second leg of next week in Milan.
Antonio Conte challenged Christian Eriksen to rediscover his pace for Inter Milan
The Danish midfielder scored the opener when the Italians defeated Ludogorets 1-0
But Conte has challenged the Danish midfielder to deliver better performance for his side. The Italian noted in particular that Eriksen must rediscover his intensity.
“He did well tonight, but has a lot more work to do and I think it could be much, much better,” he told Sky Sport Italia. ‘I’m happy for the goal, because that always helps with confidence, but he has to rediscover the pace and intensity that were so strong in his playing in previous years.
“He still has not found his full fitness, but we are in no hurry and are not afraid of this. We know that we have signed a player who can raise the quality level from the first minute or from the bank.
‘I think about what is best for Inter and integrate a new player in the best possible way, while others think of other things. He can certainly do better, like the whole team. ”
However, Conte said that the new boy “could do much better” and called on him to improve
When asked why he introduced the new man gradually to his first eleven, Conte said, “I’m thinking what’s best for Inter, unlike others.”
Conte also regretted the lack of urgency of his team in the first half and said that their run in the Europa League will be used to give players on the edge a chance.
‘The pace was much too slow in the first half and we adapted to the way Ludogorets wanted to play. We changed intensity and rhythm after the restart, moved the ball faster, scored two goals and created other opportunities.
“Our journey in the Europa League will be one of team rotation and use this tournament to give playing time to those who have not had much room. Let us not forget that this is a competition that can crush you mentally and physically if you are thinking of playing the same team on Thursdays and Sundays. “