Antonio Conte feels Inter Milan could have put the game to bed much earlier against Sampdoria suggesting that his team cannot afford to make mistakes.
Inter Milan continued to put pressure on league leaders Juventus by marking their Serie A return with a marginal 2-1 victory against Sampdoria last night.
Romelu Lukaku‘s strike at the ten-minute mark gave Inter the lead before Lautaro Martinez got on the scoresheet. Morten Thorsby did manage to pull one back for Sampdoria in the second half but it only proved to a consolation goal.
While they were still enjoying the lead, Lukaku had a couple of opportunities to increase the home side’s advantage but spurned them both.
The Belgian’s failure to put the game to bed early on did not go unnoticed by his manager as Antonio Conte, speaking after the match, stressed on the importance of being decisive throughout the match.
“Today, you have to be determined, cynical, because one situation and you’re in trouble. You go from a 3-0 to a 2-1, this game was vital for us,” Conte told in a news conference [via Sempreinter].
“We don’t have room to make mistakes. We had opportunities to make the game 3-0 and we didn’t take advantage of them.
“My wish is to have everyone at our disposal. We want to play our cards right, knowing that the margins of error are minimal.”