‘No time to mope:’ Inter Milan search Serie A elevate after Euro flop


Inter Milan flip their focus again to Serie A after their Champions League flop with a visit to Cagliari awaiting on Sunday following their group stage exit midweek.

“There is not any time to take a seat and mope,” warned captain Samir Handanovic together with his facet out of Europe after ending backside of their Champions League group.

Antonio Conte’s facet are second in Serie A, 5 factors behind leaders AC Milan, with the 2 metropolis rivals making an attempt to disclaim Juventus a tenth consecutive league title.

“We’ve to concentrate on the league and the Coppa Italia,” urged Handanovic.

In his second marketing campaign, Conte now has no alternative however to ship a nineteenth ‘Scudetto’ to Inter and first since 2010.

The previous Juventus and Chelsea supervisor took Inter to second in Serie A and the Europa League closing in his first season.

A 3rd consecutive group stage exit was a shock for Conte’s expensively-assembled facet, who’re the highest scorers domestically with 26 objectives in 10 video games.

Inter have spent almost 300 million euros ($363 million) up to now two years on new signings and their exit from Europe will hit onerous.

“There’s a variety of remorse,” stated Conte.

“We’ve not had a lot luck within the Champions League given sure incidents and refereeing selections.”

AC Milan are driving excessive as additionally they goal a nineteenth Scudetto and first since 2011.

Prime scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic may return towards Parma after a muscle harm dominated him out of their final two league video games.

Juventus, Lazio and Atalanta return to league motion having all secured their passes to the Champions League knockout rounds.

Juventus, six factors behind Milan in fourth, journey to lowly Genoa after their confidence-boosting 3-0 win at troubled Barcelona wherein Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice.

“Taking part in like this, we’ve got nothing to concern till the tip of the season,” the triumphant Portugal captain stated after the sport.

Seventh-placed Lazio host Hellas Verona, who’re only one level behind the Roman membership, with Atalanta, in ninth, internet hosting Fiorentina.

Tuscan facet Fiorentina are hovering above the relegation zone and hoping for a primary win since October 25 towards Atalanta, who’ve taken simply 5 factors of their final six video games.

Third-placed Napoli, in search of a primary win of their newly-named Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, host Sampdoria.

Gennaro Gattuso’s facet are six factors behind Milan, having scored eight objectives of their final two video games towards Roma and Crotone.

Sassuolo host Benevento on Friday seeking to regain a few of their early momentum, having dropped to fifth within the desk as Roma head to Bologna only a level behind Roberto De Zerbi’s flamboyant facet.

One to look at: Josip Ilicic

Atalanta’s Josip Ilicic chases his first league purpose this sesaon towards former membership Fiorentina.

The 32-year-old was out for 2 months with private issues after the coronvirus lockdown, however received his first purpose within the Champions League win over Liverpool two weeks in the past.

Illcic performed 105 matches with Fiorentina in Serie A between 2013 and 2017, earlier than becoming a member of Atalanta the place he had his finest season final marketing campaign with 15 league objectives.

Key stats

26 – Inter Milan’s league objectives

16 – Factors between AC Milan and Parma

5 – AC Milan’s Serie A lead

1 – Juventus away wins within the league

1 – Lazio and Atalanta’s house wins this season

Fixtures (all occasions GMT)


Sassuolo v Benevento (1945)


Crotone v Spezia (1400), Torino v Udinese (1700), Lazio v Hellas Verona (1945)


Cagliari v Inter Milan (1130), Atalanta v Fiorentina (1400), Napoli v Sampdoria (1400), Bologna v Roma (1400), Genoa v Juventus (1700), AC Milan v Parma (19h45)




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