Antonio Conte said Inter created more chances than Atalanta within the 1-0 win on Monday night. ‘We had big chances to attain but wasted them’.
The Beneamata picked up three details against La Dea on Monday night and Conte was happy to possess kept the gap at six points after seeing their direct rivals put pressure on them during the weekend.
“We went back being six points clear,” Conte told Sky Sport Italia. “We played later and knew that are direct rivals had won in Verona, Juve had won against Lazio and that they had come closer, and it’s inevitable that pressure will increase from now until the top .
“And additionally , we were playing against Atalanta, a team that takes points from the large teams.
“They are a difficult team, tough, and if you don’t prepare well the sport risks leaving.
“In my opinion today, they prepared it more wisely than in previous games, maybe because they feared a touch the very fact that we knew the way to hurt them, and that they were a touch less vigorous than usual.
“They are three details against a superb team. Practically we detached Atalanta from the Scudetto battle, within the sense that we are 13 points clear.
“For me, Atalanta were a tea that, thanks to the maturity reached in Europe, wouldn’t just aspire to a Champions League place but play for the Scudetto too.
“Merit to them, to Gasperini and to the players. they need high-quality players, not only those that play, but the substitutes also .”
Inter scored from their only shot on track against Atalanta, as Milan Skriniar found how through the Orobici defence.
“We also missed sensational chances. We could have finished them better,” Conte said. “We had big chances to attain but we wasted them.
“Atalanta were good at making themselves dangerous within the half on a free kick .
“We scored from a corner. But we also had several chances. We didn’t finish, but they were sensational.
“It was a really tactical game, but those that play against us always put something extra into it. In my opinion, Atalanta also changed the way they play tonight, in particular within the non-possession phase.
“They were less aggressive and feared us a touch .”
Inter were compact and solid at the rear , whilst Samir Handanovic pulled some great saves to stay Atalanta out too.
“Let’s not forget we’ve the simplest attack and tonight we played against the runner-up attack,” Conte continued.
“Beyond the defensive solidity, the proper balance has been found. Today, the players recognise the various phases of the sport , there are moments during which we elect which sort of area to attend then attack, while then we plan to push higher and alter our attitude.
“We were good at finding the proper mix. At the start we always went forward, a touch like what Atalanta always does.
“It’s inevitable that once you proceed , you create problems for the opponents but after they find the countermeasures and if they stop the primary pressure, they are going for goal.
“This aggressive attitude last year led us to a crucial season finale since we finished second and that we made it to the Europa League Final.
“But this year another step was to seek out the proper balance. If you would like to win, there must be consistency within the performance, in attack and defence.
“I repeat, today we shouldn’t forget that we played against the second-best attack and that we only conceded two chances on set pieces. We produced little, but i feel Atalanta produced but us.”
Conte doesn’t want to require anything without any consideration and replied with a joke when the reporter asked if he feels he features a piece of the Scudetto in his pocket.
“If I look in my pocket, I find €40,” he laughed. “I visited get petrol and that i have €40 left.
“Having said that, we must continue. There are still two games before the break against Torino, entangled within the bottom half the standings, and therefore the other is against Sassuolo, who create big problems for everybody .
“We need to continue not brooding about what it had been . Tomorrow, the lads will rest, we recharge our batteries and obtain ready.
“I provides a huge applause to those that play less, like [Roberto] Gagliardini, [Danilo] D’Ambrosio, [Aleksandar] Kolarov, Ranocchia, [Matias] Vecino, [Ashley] Young, who is back in shape.
“They are our strength. the important strength is who is out and there are players like D’Ambrosio and Ranocchia who are making history at the club.
“A big applause must tend to Kolarov, who has brought personality and wisdom and is giving us an excellent hand.
“He has the proper words at the proper time. These players should be thanked for giving a greater effort from those that play.”