Antonio Conte has told Christian Eriksen he must show more than free-kick prowess to establish himself at Inter.
Former Tottenham midfielder Eriksen netted a trademark set-piece effort to settle Tuesday’s fiery Coppa Italia derby against Milan deep into stoppage time.
The Denmark international was understandably mobbed by his team-mates and Conte said afterwards that the Inter squad “love” a player whose career at San Siro has failed to catch fire since joining from Spurs 12 months ago.
Nevertheless, he struck a more measured tone ahead of Saturday’s home game against Benevento.
“In rugby they have players who are kickers and are set-piece specialists. Football is very different,” he said, when asked at a pre-match news conference whether Eriksen might start.
“We hope to have him play a part in all areas, not just from free-kicks and set-plays.
“We know that Inter have struggled from free-kicks until recently. It is an extra weapon to have a free-kick specialist.”
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