Antonio Conte has challenged his Inter side to play with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday with a “personality” in the mouth-watering Champions League clash.
Inter won 2–0 a fortnight ago over the Bundesliga outfit, dropping both sides to four points in Group F, three points against Barcelona.
Conte believes that Barca has been assured of a place in the knockout stages and he knows that he will have to stand strong in front of the red-hot atmosphere at Signal Iduna Park to ensure that they make him in the final 16 Add it.
“It is an important match because we are on par”, he said. Barcelona has already guaranteed their place.
We were good when we beat [Dortmund] at home and we know that we will face difficulties coming tomorrow. We have to face a strong and proven club, who have been in the Champions League for many years.
The atmosphere will be warm and electric; we know what inspiration Dortmund fans can give to their players. It will be important for us to play with a good personality.
We want to play offensive everywhere. If it’s a defensive game, it will only be because Dortmund has forced us to do it. Our mindset is to always hurt the opponent. We always want to attack.
Meanwhile, Conte had strong words for Hellas Verona supporters who racially abused Brescia striker Mario Balotelli in Sunday’s Serie A clash, describing him as “ignorant” and “Moran”.
Former Inter star Balotelli angrily kicked the ball towards the Verona supporters in the second half after hearing the abuses, before threatening to walk away from the pitch.
The referee brought it to a halt before following the protocol, with a statement to read to the crowd in an attempt to resolve the issue.
Balotelli was persuaded by teammates and Verona players to stay on and watch the game before he scored surprisingly late in a 2–1 defeat to Stadio Marcantonio Bentegodi in Bradicia.
“I was not in the stadium, but I would believe it is necessary to be very strict and inflexible”, Conte said. “We should punish these ignorant people. Peacocks should be punished. It is absurd that, in 2019, we are still confronted with such things”.