Christian Eriksen opened his account at Inter Milan, but Antonio Conte feels the new signing has to improve his fitness and level of performance
The Danish midfielder made a breakthrough in the black-white shirt, smashing home a perfectly placed effort from inside the box to put the Nerazzurri in front against stubborn Ludogorets in their Europa League last-32 tie.
Inter were the far better side at the Huvepharma Arena, enjoying the most of the possession and creating various promising opportunities, but failed to capitalize on that until the 71st minute when Eriksen finally put them in front.
Romelu Lukaku converted a spot-kick in the dying moments of the encounter to give the Serie A heavyweights a comfortable lead going into the second leg at the Giuseppe Meazza.
But, even though the 28-year-old scored his first goal for the new side, Conte has urged Eriksen to step up his game and increase the tempo to gain more minutes.
“I am happy for the goal, as that always helps with confidence, but he needs to rediscover the tempo and intensity that were such strength of his game in previous years,” the Italian manager said after the game, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“He still hasn’t found his full fitness, but we are in no rush and not feeling anxious about this. We know that we signed a player who can raise the quality level either from the first minute or off the bench.
“I think of what is best for Inter and integrating a new player in the best possible way, whereas others are thinking of other things. He can certainly do better, as the whole team can.”
Eriksen arrived from Tottenham in a €20million deal last month after refusing to extend his contract with Spurs that was due to expire in the summer.
Eriksen’s determination to force a way out from north London had seen him lose a place in Tottenham’s starting XI, and it will take some time before he regains his best form.