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Conte Claims Christian Eriksen Needs To Improve Fitness

Christian Eriksen Inter Milan

Antonio Conte says that Christian Eriksen needs to ‘find the right fitness levels’ after making his first Inter Milan start following his move from Tottenham.

Eriksen lasted only 58 minutes on Sunday against Udinese before Romelu Lukaku scored a brace to fire Inter to a 2-0 victory to keep up their Serie A title charge.

It was the Danish midfielder’s second appearance since joining from Tottenham, with Eriksen making his debut off the bench against Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia last week.

And following Sunday’s victory which leaves Inter just three points off leaders Juventus, Conte admitted that Eriksen needs time to settle into life in Italy.

‘I think that for someone who arrived five days ago, and we should 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.

‘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.’