Inter coach Antonio Conte insisted that with great success on Thursday in Verona, he trusts his players to put the loss behind them for Bologna.
Conte’s men have suffered their first defeat since the resumption last weekend but the 50-year-old claimed the tight schedule pressured them to quickly move on and helped them avoid dwelling on the 2-1 loss on Sunday.
Conte told Inter TV: “Let’s put the loss behind us against Bologna and get ready for the match against Verona. This is safer in these situations than the next match being too close in time. Sure there will be some bitterness and disappointment, but at the same time you, have to focus on the next game, an important game against a very good team like Verona in this case. We plan and research the rivals, as we always do. We look at the things good and the less optimistic, where we have to do better and where we have to pay more attention. Everyone must know what kind of game we ‘re going to play.”
Nerazzurri tactician has said he’d have to make a host of changes ahead of the game against the Gialloblu.
Conte said Inter get used to playing late at night and are ready to face the hands of the demanding situation.
He said: “We ‘re getting used to these [playing at 21:45 local time] variables, it’s not the first time and it’s not going to be the last, we ‘re adapting to the situation. Inevitably, there isn’t much time to rest and recover when you play so late, particularly away from home and return late at night. But we know that we have to face these kinds of circumstances and we’re trying to do that in the best way possible, even because all the teams have to do that.”
Verona sits eight in Series A, six points in the fight for a spot in the Europa League behind Roma and Napoli, and Conte expects a difficult trip to the Bentegodi.
Valerio Verre gave Verona the lead in this season’s reverse fixture at San Siro, before Matias Vecino and Nicolò Barella reversed the match for the Nerazzurri.
Inter have collected 32 points on the road this term and Conte says his players’ ‘mentality’ shouldn’t depend on where the matches take place.