Conte calls for improved Inter for ‘special’ derby
Antonio Conte says he’s relishing his first experience of the Milan derby but admits his Inter team will need to improve if they are to claim the spoils.
The Nerazzurri are the only team with a 100 per cent record after the first three rounds in Serie A but face arguably their toughest test of the Conte era on Saturday night.
City rivals AC Milan have won their last two matches against Brescia and Verona head coach Marco Giampaolo says his team are up for the challenge of taking on Inter.
🌌 | DERBY!
— Inter (@Inter_en) September 20, 2019
Inter go into the fixture off the back of a disappointing performance at home to Slavia Prague in the Champions League, needing an added time equaliser to take a point at home.
Conte says that performance was far from what he expects of his players and wants to see them raise their game in the first Derby della Madonnina of the season.
“In all of the games we try to put maximum effort and provide and excellent performance and follow our preparations. Sometimes we succeed at this, other times not so much,” Conte told the club website.
“What the guys do put in is a huge commitment. We know that we have a lot of work to do and to get better, this certainly doesn’t scare us.
“The eyes of the world are on this game. All derbies are special and this is no exception. Milan are a great side and we will prepare well as always. We will as always give it our all. We will give 100 per cent.”