Christian Eriksen made his Inter Milan debut as they beat Fiorentina on Wednesday to reach the Coppa Italia semi-finals.
Eriksen joined Inter Milan from Tottenham for a fee of around £16.9m on Tuesday. He had just arrived from Spurs and was quickly thrown into action by his new club.
The Denmark midfielder came on as a second-half substitute replacing Manchester United on-loan forward Alexis Sanchez.
Eriksen thought he had capped his debut with an assist when he fed Lautaro Martinez only for the offside flag to rule out Inter’s third goal.
However, Conte revealed he did not plan on utilizing his latest signing so soon after Eriksen’s arrival at San Siro.
“We did not intend to use Eriksen so soon as he only started training with us yesterday. But Matias Vecino and Barella were the only available midfielders.” Said Conte.
“Eriksen has character and raises the quality level of the squad. I hope to get more players back.”
“We tried a system with a trequartista today to deal with the absence of Stefano Sensi and Marcelo Brozovic. Eriksen can play in a few different roles, and we will see-it could be an option but we need to work on it a lot more.”
“We used the three strikers together after I found out about the problems in midfield.”
Inter Milan had the better of proceedings for large swathes of Wednesday’s meeting at San Siro. But Fiorentina’s Martin Caceres had canceled out Antonio Candreva’s opener before Barella’s wonderful half-volley.
“I tried and it went right into the far bottom corner. I must learn to score easier goals.” Joked the Italian international Barella.
Barella seems to set to compete with Eriksen for a starting spot in Inter’s midfield. But the 22-year-old is relishing the opportunity to play alongside the former Spurs man.