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Gasp: ‘Atalanta will beat Inter sooner or later’

Gian Piero Gasperini says Inter deserve to be Serie A leaders but insists Atalanta will beat the Nerazzurri sooner or later.

La Dea travel to the Giuseppe Meazza to face Antonio Conte’s side on Monday.

“If there is the law of averages, we will succeed sooner or later,” Gasperini told at a press conference.

“Tomorrow’s game will say a lot about our conditions, we face a team who are deservedly on top of the table, they have a good gap on Juventus, they are a strong candidate to win the title, but there are still 13 games left,” the coach added.

Inter and Atalanta have the best attacks in Serie A.

“It’s a great satisfaction to have the best attack. It gives us self-esteem and proves many players can score.

“This team is giving me satisfaction. It is too early to make judgements, but we are building something important.

“Everyone feels well. There is a good environment. The last games we played against Inter were positive. Inter and Juve have something more than us, but we have been close to closing the gap in the games we played against them.

“Only Hateboer and Sutalo are not available. We think about ourselves. Tomorrow we face the table leaders in a crucial match for us.

“If we have a good attitude in Milan, we can get more self-confidence,” he added.

“Single players will be important, but collective performance is crucial. If we can limit their strikers, we’ll have more chances.

“We should not concede space to Hakimi, while Gosens has evolved tactically. Their clash on the flank will be of the things to watch in the game.”

CONMEBOL have announced they’ve decided to postpone the 2022 World Cup qualifiers that were planned for later this month.

“It’s good news, but we have the same problems with other teams in England and Germany,” Gasperini said.

“Other players will leave for two weeks and return on Friday to play a League game on Saturday. It’s very complicated.”


Conte unsure about Inter future

Antonio Conte admits doubts over his future at Inter: ‘I don’t know what will happen outside, but we are focused on the season only.’

The Nerazzurri host Atalanta at the San Siro on Monday evening.

We must find the right balance, if everyone helps each other, we can snatch a good result, but the team that will attack better will win tomorrow,” Conte said at a press conference.

“It will be a difficult game. Atalanta create trouble for everyone. They have self-esteem and have a deep squad.

“Gasperini is doing an extraordinary job. We studied Atalanta. We face them for the fourth time since I arrived. We must be resilient when difficulties come.

We must be proud. We have always given more than one hundred per cent, leaving everything on the field for this glorious club.

“My teams always play to win, whether they are the favourites or not. It was my goal in my first season with Juventus and Chelsea, but only one team wins in the end.”

Is Conte already thinking about extending his contract with the Nerazzurri at the end of the season?

“I have one year left in my contract, but we must not be distracted by other things. We have to stay focused and think about the present, from here until the end of the season. I don’t know and I can’t imagine what will happen outside. We found ourselves in this situation.”

Suning had admitted they are looking for suitable partners to support Inter financially and are reportedly considering an offer from Fortress.

“I understand you want to talk about something else, but we must only focus on the season to bring Inter where we belong. We must be ferocious under this aspect,” Conte added.

Conte ended the press conference paying tribute to Claudio Segagni, a former translator who died suddenly yesterday and had worked for Milan, Inter, Roma and Juventus.

“It’s very sad. We are talking about a person who was younger than me.

“He worked for so many coaches, also here at Inter. I send my condolences to his family.”


Eriksen: ‘Laudrup and Baggio my idols’

Inter star Christian Eriksen reveals the first football shirt he bought was one of Roberto Baggio. ‘My dad was a big fan.’

Inter released an interview with the former Tottenham star in their match programme.

“My role model has always been Michael Laudrup,” he said.

“Everyone wants to be like him in Denmark because he was the best player. My dad was a big fan of Roberto Baggio. I bought his shirt as soon as possible. It was the first football shirt I’ve ever bought.

“I’ve admired him since I was a child,” he added.

Eriksen is now one of Inter’s regular starters and the turning point for him was a decisive free-kick goal in a Coppa Italia derby clash against Milan.

“It’s always special to score a goal and it’s even better to score in a derby. It was amazing. That free-kick was perfect for me. It was an exceptional moment.”


Lukaku ‘the king’ of Serie A strikers

Romelu Lukaku is the Serie A striker with the most goal involvements: 25 between goals and assists, two more than Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Juventus striker is the best scorer in Italy with 20 goals in 21 League games this season.

Lukaku has two fewer than CR7, but has been involved in more goals than the Juventus star.

The Belgian scored 18 goals and provided seven assists so far this season, while Ronaldo adds three assists to his 20 goals. For this reason, La Gazzetta Dello Sport called the Inter star “The King” of Serie A strikers.

Luis Muriel has contributed to 21 Atalanta goals. He found the net 15 times and delivered six assists and is the third Serie A striker with the most goal involvements.

Serie A’s top 10 strikers (stats via La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Romelu Lukaku – 25 (18 goals, 7 assists)

Cristiano Ronaldo – 23 (20 goals, 3 assists)

Luis Muriel – 21 (15 goals, 6 assists)

Lautaro Martinez – 18 (13 goals, 5 assists)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan – 17 (9 goals, 8 assists)

Ciro Immobile -17 (14 goals, 3 assists)

Andrea Belotti – 16 (11 goals, 5 assists)

Duvan Zapata 15 – (9 goals, 6 assists)

Lorenzo Insigne – 15 (11 goals, 4 assists)

Francesco Captuo – 15 (11 goals, 4 assists)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic – 15 (14 goals, 1 assist)