De Vrij: ‘Inter learned to be patient’

Stefan de Vrij explains the most important thing Antonio Conte has taught Inter. ‘We learned to have patience, as sooner or later we’ll score.’

The Nerazzurri had to wait until the 69th minute to finally break down bottom of the table Crotone with a deflected Christian Eriksen strike, then Achraf Hakimi got the second in stoppages.

“The step we made this year was that we learned to have patience, not getting stressed out or frantic, as sooner or later we know that we’ll score, which is what happened today,” De Vrij told Inter TV.

“I don’t think we felt the pressure of being the leaders. We concentrated on the pitch and I think we’ve really grown.

“We brought home an important victory. It’s a real pleasure for us to work together in defence, as we’ve known each other for years now and played so many games. We keep honing that rapport and we communicate a lot on the field. We’ve improved so much.

“I feel that I have improved individually too, learning a great deal. I am happy with the progress I’ve made, but there’s a long road ahead of me yet. You never stop learning.”

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