Antonio Conte’s Inter put Milan to the sword in a highly engaging but disappointing defeat for the Rossoneri, as the Italian tactician’s men secured a four-point lead at the top of Serie A.
Speaking after the match, Antonio Conte was interviewed by Sky Sport (via MilanNews), he said: “There is satisfaction in seeing the team grow, in managing certain moments and phases of the match. The first half was of the highest level, we had many opportunities.”
Lautaro Martinez’s brace and Romelu Lukaku strike dispatched Milan, who lacked the vision to score but more importantly were constantly denied by a brilliant Samir Handanovic, who made several good saves.
Trailing 1-0 at half-time, it prompted Milan to come into the second half stronger with repeated attacks, but the 36-year-old goalkeeper had other plans.
“At the beginning of the second half, there was a corner that seemed a throw-in, on that occasion we risked it. In those five minutes, we gritted our teeth, resumed playing and doing what we wanted. Milan had to increase the laps being at a disadvantage,” he said.
Milan face Red Star Belgrade at San Siro next in the 2nd leg of the Europa League encounter. The Rossoneri are favourites to progress with a two-away goal advantage. Three days later, a crucial Serie A tie against AS Roma awaits at the Stadio Olimpico.