‘Inter haven’t signed half of Madrid!’ – Conte bites back at transfer critics

Inter head coach Antonio Conte has bitten back at critics of his scramble for fresh faces during the January transfer window, pointing out that his side have not “signed half of Real Madrid”.

Conte told reporters when asked about an ever-growing list of targets: “The director was very clear, new players can only arrive when others are sold, so this is a perfectly balanced transfer session.

“Some of these players haven’t been active for a while, so we must give them time to get into shape.

“This team overall lacks experience and doesn’t have the ingredients that allow you to win despite laying off the accelerator. We have to always be going at full speed.

“For now, we have brought in Young to cover for Kwadwo Asamoah’s injury and Moses on loan because Valentino Lazaro left. We are trying to reinforce various areas of the team.

“You in the media seem to act as if we just signed half of Real Madrid, but that’s not the right message. It’s an emergency situation tomorrow, because Antonio Candreva is suspended, so it’s possible Young will start.”

Conte has also sought to defend his tactical approach at Inter, with the Nerazzurri having fallen four points behind defending champions Juventus on the back of successive 1-1 draws.

He added: “Our idea is always to go on the attack, even when we score the first goal. We must try to score another goal and not just defend the one we have.

“The fact that we considered a draw away to Lecce to be a negative result shows how much Inter have advanced compared to past seasons.

“We must keep our feet on the ground, remain humble and accept that draw in the right way.

“People continue to ignore me when I say we are starting a journey, but we have achieved credibility in these six months and that is positive. We mustn’t lose sight of reality.”

Inter will be back in action on Sunday when they play host to Cagliari.