Conte: ‘Lady Luck forgot Inter’

Antonio Conte feels ‘Lady Luck forgot about’ Inter in their 2-1 defeat to Sampdoria. ‘We deserved more, it was a strange match.’

Alexis Sanchez saw an early penalty saved, then Antonio Candreva converted a spot-kick before Keita Balde Diao’s winner.

The Stefan de Vrij header in the second half was too late to turn things around, ending the run of eight Serie A wins on the bounce.

“It was quite a strange game. We found ourselves going from a missed penalty to conceding two goals in quick succession,” the coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“Clearly, that caused difficulty, but the team had been playing well and created numerous scoring opportunities. It was a strange match.

“Sometimes you deserve to lose, in other situations like today, it just doesn’t go your way. We could’ve even scored on the rebound from the penalty, but that hit the woodwork.

“It was tough to come back from 2-0 down, even though we tried to the end.”

Inter badly missed Romelu Lukaku, who was only fit enough for a role off the bench due to a muscular issue.

“It’s not the first time we have played without Romelu. Everyone knows the quality he has, but he wasn’t at 100 per cent and that was clear also after he came on.

“It’s disappointing, because I think we deserved more from this match. We need to analyse what went right, what went wrong, but it was a strange game. The players gave their all, but Lady Luck forgot about us entirely today.”

Do Inter only wake up when receiving an initial slap in the face?

“Considering all the chances we create and indeed convert, we do very well going forward with strikers, midfielders and also the defenders. What we lacked this season perhaps was a little bit of balance, where we conceded too many goals, but I have no complaints on our attacking play and the way we occupy the penalty area.”

Christian Eriksen came on for 20 minutes against Sampdoria, substantially more than he usually gets.

“I try to make the most of the options available based on the situation. I am at the complete disposal of the club and any decision they make on the transfer market, so there’s nothing else I can do.

“The club knows perfectly well if there need to be players going out or coming in. I just work, the way I have done since the moment I arrived at Inter. Any decision that is made will always be shared by me.”