Conte: Eriksen needs to reach the right fitness levels for Serie A

4.2.2020.  
Conte: Eriksen needs to reach the right fitness levels for Serie A

Christian Eriksen's move to Inter was a major boost for the busiest major side of the transfer window. Antonio Conte got its most important reinforcement but the player is still not ready to operate at full capacity, the tactician has revealed.


Jose Mourinho revealed that upon his arrival to Spurs Eriksen told him he doesn't intend to stay at the club. So the Portuguese manager tried to organize a team without him and used him sporadically. Which left the midfielder short of the optimal match fitness.


Yet Conte utilized Eriksen in the match against Udinese as the 27-year-old replaced Marcelo Brozovic in the 58th minute.


"I think that for a lad who arrived five days ago, and let’s not forget we had to rush him in because we were missing several midfielders, Eriksen still made a positive impact," Conte told Sky Sport Italia.



Still, Conte revealed that Eriksen isn't on the Serie A level in terms of physical preparedness.


"Obviously, he needs to get settled into our style of football and also find the right fitness levels for Serie A, but I am very pleased with his full debut. He will get to learn the positioning we ask of our midfielders, but these are early days and I am satisfied." 


The Italian manager addressed what will be the main task of Eriksen in the first couple of weeks at Guiseppe Meaza.


"Eriksen had certain tactical duties, off the ball and on it. I don’t want to reveal all our secrets! He will get to learn the positioning we ask of our midfielders, but these are early days and I am satisfied."


Since his Premier League debut in 2013, Eriksen has assisted the most goals (62), created the most chances (571), scored the most goals from outside the box (23), and from direct free-kicks (8) in the competition! It’s still unknown whether Conte considers him a potential regular starter.



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