Lautaro Martinez fired Inter ahead after just three minutes and Conte’s side, mean in defence and ruthless on the break, looked capable of pulling off an historic victory.
However, a scintillating double from Luis Suarez completed the Barca comeback in a thrilling contest at the Nou Camp yesterday morning (Singapore time).
“Compliments are nice but, after a performance like that, we deserved much, much more and should’ve taken at least some of our chances,” the 50-year-old Conte told Sky Sport Italia.
“We put them under pressure for long periods on their own turf but, after the break, they raised the tempo and fatigue set in with a few of our players.
“We played well, we proved that we could cause problems for Barcelona and there are regrets we didn’t kill off the game when we had the chance.