Antonio Conte relishing Barca showdown after Inter win in Prague | FOX Sports activities Asia

Antonio Conte relishing Barca showdown after Inter win in Prague | FOX Sports Asia

Inter will relish a San Siro conflict in opposition to Barcelona realizing a Champions League last-16 place is on the road, says head coach Antonio Conte.

Inter head coach Antonio Conte believes a capability San Siro crowd can roar his aspect into the Champions League knockout part after an exciting late win over Slavia Prague.

Conte’s males clinched a 3-1 win over Slavia on Wednesday to maneuver as much as second in Group F, forward of third-placed Borussia Dortmund on head-to-head file.

Two targets from Lautaro Martinez and one from Romelu Lukaku secured the factors for Inter, though they needed to wait till late the ultimate 9 minutes of the sport to seal the win.

Inter know victory over Barcelona – who’ve already certified as group winners – of their ultimate fixture on December 10, on house turf, will ebook their place within the final 16.

Conte advised Sky Sport Italia: “The one strategy to keep alive and provides a way to the ultimate fixture with Barcelona was to win and we did it.

“We’re happy, as we wished to be alive and kicking to the ultimate recreation and that’s the scenario. Our destiny is in our fingers.

“Now it’s going to be a tricky match, however we are able to rely on 70,000 individuals who will push us on at San Siro. We had been rather more of a group in opposition to Slavia.”

Conte felt the blossoming strike partnership between Martinez and Lukaku was instrumental within the victory however believes the pair haven’t but proven their full potential.

He added: “The strikers had been decisive and I’m very completely satisfied for them. They fought it out bodily with the Slavia gamers, which they’d struggled to do final time.

“We’re speaking about two gamers who aren’t but full. Lukaku has a whole lot of potential, he nonetheless must be inspired. Lautaro is barely 22 years previous.

“However after 4 months we see the distinction. Gamers on the whole are stronger, they’re rising clearly.”


Martinez’s brace took his tally to 5 targets on this season’s Champions League as he scored for the fourth recreation in succession, whereas Lukaku’s strike was his first within the competitors for Inter.

Though he’s main the European goalscoring charts Martinez says neither he nor Lukaku are involved with particular person totals.

“I all the time say it doesn’t matter who scores, so long as the group will get the purpose and wins,” he stated.

“We work every single day to assist create that unity off the sector and on it. Romelu is a good man and we actually get alongside, we each care extra concerning the group than our personal targets.

“We made a whole lot of progress because the Borussia Dortmund recreation, the place we dominated the primary half and fell away.

“We’re proving that we are able to have our say on this Champions League and imagine we are able to attain the Spherical of 16.”


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