Conte pleased with ‘shy’ Eriksen: ‘He is a player with massive qualities’

Antonio Conte has told Italian reporters that he is happy with the work of Christian Eriksen. The Italian coach, however, is expecting more from the Danish playmaker as he is still settling into life at Internazionale and the Serie A. Eriksen joined Inter in January from Tottenham Hotspur and he has been struggling with his form.

This has resulted in Conte benching Eriksen for several games in a row. On thursday Eriksen was named in the starting eleven as Inter beat SPAL 4-0. After the game Conte said he was pleased with the Danes performance, while he also believes that he will need to improve some areas.

“Christian is working, he’s trying to get into the mechanisms of the team and of a league that is much more tactical than in England,” Conte told DAZN. “He’s a player with quality who is trying to improve, to be more aggressive when in pressing, which is what we are asking of him.

“I’m pleased for him, but he has to keep working, just like the others. He is quite a shy lad who is settling into a new reality, a new type of football. He’s a really good guy and didn’t arrive with any arrogance. At the same time, he must understand shyness is fine off the field. But he has to adapt and understand certain situations. He creates no problems, he wants to achieve important things with Inter.”