Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte has declared readiness to face Benevento coach Filippo Inzaghi, whom he described as a ‘football addict’ like himself.
The coach is speaking ahead of Inter Milan’s clash against the Streghe.
The San Siro giant opened their Serie A season with a 4-3 win over Fiorentina. They will now face the Promoted side in the postponed Serie A Week 1 match.
Impressed by Benevento’s comeback win against Sampdoria in their last round of the game, the Italian tactician said he expects a tough match from all aspects.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of the encounter, Conte noted that Benevento had a great championship season last year, winning well in advance.
He also noted that Inzaghi, his former teammate, is a coach who is doing well, having shared many big moments with him.
Describing the former Italian international attitude, Conte said Inzaghi, who held sway with AC Milan during his playing days, studies the opponent well and is always prepared.
Expressing his happiness for Benevento, Conte said the team had shown character, and Inter will have to concentrate on beating them.
Speaking on the signing of Arturo Vidal and the return of Radja Nainggolan, the former Juventus said it help protect the midfield, having suffered long-term injuries to key members in that position last season.
Inter now has other midfielders, like Stefano Sensi, Nicolo Barella, and Roberto Gagliardini, who are now fit.
He said having many midfielders was important going into an abnormal season where clubs hardly had preseasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Conte further stated that most of the managers couldn’t wait for the transfer market to close, adding that transfer speculations can undermine the players’ serenity because they need stability.
Pleased with his team’s attacking play against Fiorentina, Conte insisted that the team must improve.