‘He can do far, far better’: Christian Eriksen needs to ‘rediscover his tempo’ before he can play more for Inter Milan, claims Antonio Conte despite his goal against Ludogorets
Antonio Conte has 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 struggled for large spells of their Europa League round of 32 tie to break down the Bulgarian minnows before Eriksen’s effort from range broke the deadlock.
Inter doubled their advantage after Romelu Lukaku tucked away a late spot kick to hand Conte’s men a huge boost heading into next week’s second leg in Milan.
Antonio Conte has challenged Christian Eriksen to rediscover his tempo for Inter Milan
The Danish midfielder scored the opener as the Italians defeated Ludogorets 1-0
But Conte has challenged the Danish midfielder to put in better performances for his side. In particular, the Italian noted that Eriksen needs to rediscover his intensity.
‘He did well tonight, but has a lot more work to do and I think can do far, far better,’ he told Sky Sport Italia. ‘I am happy for the goal, as that always helps with confidence, but he needs to rediscover the tempo and intensity that were such a strength of his game in previous years.
‘He still hasn’t found his full fitness, but we are in no rush and not feeling anxious about this. We know that we signed a player who can raise the quality level either from the first minute or off the bench.
‘I think of what is best for Inter and integrating a new player in the best possible way, whereas others are thinking of other things. He can certainly do better, as the whole team can.’
However Conte said the new boy ‘can do far, far better’ and called on him to improve
When asked why he has gradually introduced the new man into his starting eleven, Conte said: ‘I think of what is best for Inter, unlike others.’
Conte also lamented his team’s lack of urgency in the first half, and said their run in the Europa League will be used to give players on the outskirts a chance.
‘The tempo was far 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, scoring two goals and creating other opportunities.
‘Our journey in the Europa League will be one of squad rotation and using this tournament to give playing time to those who haven’t had much space. Let’s not forget that this is a competition that can crush you on a mental and physical level if you think of playing the same team on Thursday and Sunday.’