Inter triumphed 5-2 over Benevento at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito. Lukaku bagged the first goal in just 28 seconds. Gagliardini, Hakimi, and Lautaro Martinez also got on the scoring sheet for Inter.
Antonio Conte expressed satisfaction after the game and said “The biggest source of satisfaction for a coach is to see that, no matter who’s playing, the idea of the game doesn’t change. It’s a style of play that we’ve been pursuing since last year.”
“We’ve got to work more on our balance because today we also conceded two goals. But I enjoy watching the team play like they did tonight, with incisive attacking moves.”
“The boys were great because they had the right approach, the right desire, and the right determination again”
Conte clarified Vidal’s injury scare, “He took a knock to the thigh and, considering the result, I thought it best not to risk him. There shouldn’t be anything to worry about, Arturo’s a warrior and warriors are always ready.”
When asked about being favorites for the Scudetto, Conte said: “We should be delighted that the experts see such potential in us. The fact that they’re looking at us in a different way means that the team has gained credibility.”
Conte justified his team selection for today’s game and said, “By rotating players, we’ll be able to help our new arrivals settle in more quickly. This might involve taking risks because the players need to master certain situations, but we’ll have more options.”
“It’s important when the players implement what has been worked on during the week.”
“We’ve just had an intense season, and an equally intense period awaits us due to the fact that we’ll be playing every three days.”
Inter will face Lazio over the week followed by Milan at home.