Stellini: ‘Inter keeping Alexis and Eriksen’

Antonio Conte’s assistant manager Cristian Stellini reaffirmed Inter’s full faith in Christian Eriksen and Alexis Sanchez. ‘Eriksen is adapting very well to this new role.’

Conte was in the stands at San Siro this evening for the 4-0 victory over Benevento, sitting out the first in a Serie A two-match ban for insulting the referee after the 0-0 draw with Udinese.

Alexis Sanchez came off the bench and provided an assist, just hours after he had seemingly been on the verge of a move to Roma in an exchange of loans with Edin Dzeko.

“I don’t really deal with the transfer market, so I can’t get involved with that,” Stellini told DAZN.

“All I can say is we are very happy with Alexis Sanchez, as we are with all our players. They are all involved in the search for our objectives and it all depends on their attitude to the work, which is excellent.”

Eriksen impressed in a rare full 90 minutes, replacing Marcelo Brozovic as a playmaker rather than his usual trequartista role.

“I liked his performance a great deal tonight, as he is adapting very well to this new role. It requires a lot of tactical intelligence, he is working hard all week and has done for some time, making the most of this opportunity to play great games.

“The idea was to create more space down the flanks for Perisic and Hakimi to take men on down the flank, as that’s where they tend to do best.

“Eriksen is working very hard and particularly focused on the defensive movements, which he was not accustomed to thinking about. We’re holding on to him tight, as he is a top level player.”

Ivan Perisic joked before kick-off that the players would find it unusual not having Conte shouting constantly at them on the touchline.

“The lads know full well what their approach should be and the consistency they need to keep through the 90 minutes,” smiled Stellini.

“Besides, they’ve heard Conte’s voice so many times that they could probably feel it echoing around their brains tonight!”

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