Bastoni: ‘Conte has helped me a lot’

Inter defender Alessandro Bastoni said coach Antonio Conte has ‘helped him improve’ and given him ‘a lot of confidence’.

The Italy international is currently in CT Roberto Mancini’s squad for the World Cup Qualifiers and he thanked his teammates and the coach at Inter for helping him develop.

“We are doing well with the club even compared to last year,” Bastoni told Rai Sport. “I have improved a lot, thanks to the help of my teammates and the coach, Conte.

“I have a great relationship with him, he certainly gave me a lot of confidence.

“I started playing immediately last year, he always believed in me, he’s giving me a big hand to grow.

“He tells me to have courage and personality and not to be afraid to do things. I do my best to repay the trust he has in me.”

Inter sit six points above second-placed Milan in Serie A, with one game in hand, and are currently in a great position to win their first Scudetto since 2010.

“It’s a path that we have followed since last year,” he said. “We had some flaws but we are trying to fix it by winning the games we struggled to win last year.

“We will try to win them all, we only have the championship left. Beating Juventus in the League gave us a great boost and strength, we hadn’t been able to do it before.

“The young players have matured so much, [Nicolò] Barella and I have managed to make the leap in quality that we were missing, and it shows.”