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Conte: “We let Roma back into it late on – because we were out of energy”

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The Nerazzurri and Giallorossi shared the points after an evenly contested battle at the Stadio Olimpico. Inter dominated the second half but couldn’t stop the late onslaught from Roma.

Conte spoke to the media after the game and said:

We had the chance to kill off the game but couldn’t manage it, and let Roma back into it late on. We were out of energy.”

“It’s a shame because, with two minutes two go, we were beating a strong side. Let’s not forget that Roma is also fighting for the same thing as we are and are just three points behind us.”

“The players have played a lot of football in the last seven days. We have a squad that’s big enough to make good changes so it’s normal to look to the bench.”

“Vidal asked us to be taken off after picking up a knock. Hakimi and Lautaro played very hard and ran a lot off the ball.” 

“We told the players to continue to press, because sitting deep isn’t a good thing.”

“However, psychologically, it’s normal for the losing team to push forward and the team in front to try to hold on to the result.”

“We often concede goals because we press high and leave space for the opposition to hit us on the counter. We’ve conceded too many goals in this way.”

“Pressing high is a double-edged sword, it has consequences . It allows you to win the ball high up the pitch, but you’re left vulnerable if you make a mistake.”

Conte seems to have answered all the questions buzzing in the minds of the press and the fans. Inevitable happens when it’s bound to happen.

Inter will gear up to take on Fiorentina next.