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Conte: ‘We Need To Play With More Intensity’

Inter boss Antonio Conte

Antonio Conte called for more intensity from Inter after their pre-season friendly with Juventus. “We must always be irritated by defeat.”

The Nerazzurri had taken the lead through a Matthijs de Ligt own goal, but it was cancelled out by a deflected Cristiano Ronaldo free kick and Juve won the International Champions Cup tie on a penalty shoot-out.

“I think that there were improvements since the game against Manchester United,” Conte told Inter TV.

“The important thing is that the intensity gets into the minds of the players. We need to play intense football and go to press the opposition. When we’ve got the ball, we try to propose our ideas.

“I have to consider myself very happy with the result, because I have a group of players who are working very hard. Having said that, we lost on penalties and we must always be irritated by defeat, even if it’s in a shoot-out for a friendly.

“That must be the sentiment we feel, as Coaching staff, players and directors. A defeat must make us grit our teeth in anger.

“I am starting to see glimpses of an identity and our way of taking to the field. We must continue along this path: head down, work hard. There is much to do.”

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