Inter defender Danilo D’Ambrosio has admitted that the 3-1 win over Torino was the team’s answer to the criticism that they have recently been subjected to by the media.
Andrea Belotti put Torino ahead after a Samir Handanovic error but Inter overturned things at the start of the second half with three quick goals from Ashley Young, Diego Godin and Lautaro Martinez.
“Anyone who plays for Inter must get used to the media chatter,” he remarked in an interview with Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia, following the match.
“When we win they lead us to the stars, when things don’t go well they criticise us. We are fairly balanced, we have a manager who wants to raise the bar. This win is an answer to the criticsm.”
He was then asked whether there is a fear that Antonio Conte may not be the manager of Inter next season amid intense speculation regarding his future.
“No, because from the way he talks to us, he seems to want to stay here. Of course he is a demanding one, but he is helping us to raise the bar.
“In some games he has rightly overturned the locker room, but his demands make you grow individually and collectively. He knows how to win, we try to follow his advice. The important thing is to win, the way of thinking has also changed.”
Next he was asked on the kind of role he wishes to play at Inter having been used as both a wing-back and centre back during the course of this season.
“It depends on the circumstances. Playing as a centre back suits me more, however, for my qualities, which are less offensive, I can also play at wing-back. At Inter, however, there must be competition for places.”
He was then asked if the set-piece routine that led to the second goal was something that had been prepared in training.
“Was it prepared? No. For the second goal we were good at finding the spaces in the right way. The tactics go so far then there are the players.”
In conclusion he was asked why Inter have only managed to partially not be as ‘Pazza’.
“We’ve complicated life on our own sometimes, it’s part of the growth process. We haven’t been good at seeing out the result and have suffered to the end. There is room for improvement.”
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