The summer signing from Real Madrid netted and provided an assist as the Nerazzurri secured a comprehensive victory at the Stadio Ciro Vigorito, whilst Romelu Lukaku’s brace and a Roberto Gagliardini strike completed the scoring.
However, Conte singled out Hakimi for his attacking threat from right-wing back, whilst also conceding that the Morocco international needed to work on his defensive game.
“Hakimi is a player with great potential and he was born to play across a five-man midfield and attack down the wing,” Conte declared in his post-match press conference.
“He must improve in defence but playing with three centre-backs will allow him to show his qualities. He was an important acquisition in the transfer market and whilst he must keep working hard, he had a big impact on the match today.
“I hope he can continue playing like this.”