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Conte – Inter have a long way to go to catch Juve

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Antonio Conte had no complaints about Inter’s performance but admits they have a long way to go to catch Juventus after a 1-2 defeat at the San Siro.

Juventus manager Antonio Conte felt his side gave everything they had against defending champions Juventus.

But he feels that their experience showed, and his side will need to improve if they are to overthrow the dominant force in Italian football for the last eight years.

Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, he spoke of the games turning points, and Juve’s strength,  but most of all the work he and his team need to do.

The injury to Sensi was a turning point for Conte.

He said:

“I think we above all paid for Sensi’s injury the moment he went off, as we rather lost our way.”

“We didn’t start the second half well, but then it was more balanced again and either team could score.”

Juve’s strength is their formidable attacking power.

He added:

“Juventus got the goal, they certainly showed all their heavy artillery in the attack, all their experience in how to control a game like this.”

He knows his team has room for improvement if they are to take the Scudetto this year.

He continued:

“I cannot complain to the lads, as they gave their all.”

“But as I’ve always said, we have a long road ahead of us to reach their level in terms of experience and game management.”

We need to improve and that was inevitable, as we are at the start of this journey.

“I did see the statistics and it was a very balanced encounter, they could’ve scored and so could we.”

“We both had chances, but experience and the quality of a big club made the difference.”

The usually highly charged and emotional Conte was gracious in defeat to his former employers.

He concluded:

“We tip our hat to them, we’ll roll our sleeves up and keep working.”

“It’s an important game against a very strong team. I had always lost against Juventus, with Arezzo and Atalanta.”

“I am disappointed at the defeat, not because it was Juventus. I tip my hat to them.”

This now means back to back defeats for Conte and Inter. After losing to Barcelona by the same 2-1 score last week in the UEFA Champions League.

The next couple of games will show if his Inter Milan side are serious contenders or merely pretenders to Juventus’s thrown.

A team’s ability to bounce back is essential in a quest to be champions.