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Conte unhappy with the stoppages after their stalemate against Udinese

Saturday23 January 2021 | 20:40
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Antonio Conte uncovers what started his dissent with the official Fabio Maresca; however, he won't consider the 0-0 draw with Udinese a botched chance since Milan lost.

The disappointment of noticing they could've been Winter Champions and discarded it, as Milan lost 3-0 to Atalanta, poured out in the last minutes. 

The 51-year-old coach was shipped off for disagreement with the ref; reports suggest they kept arguing in the tunnel, with the team's assistant manager

Lele Oriali

additionally excused. 

"We had a disagreement over the amount of stoppages awarded," Conte said as per Sky Sport Italia.

"The referee booked me and then chose to send me off. I thought four minutes weren't enough, in the circumstances. Then the referee makes his decisions and we have to accept them, even if we do not agree with those decisions."

Inter finished the first half of the

Serie A

in the runner-up position, two points behind pioneers AC Milan, having neglected to benefit from their city rivals' loss.

"As I always say, we need to think only of ourselves. We mustn't think about Milan and their defeat. We just have to focus on improving our performances and results."

Achraf Hakimi exhibited a poor display, losing a few shots and crosses. 

"We could've been more precise today and lacked quality in the final ball. When we put crosses in, we usually have four players push into the box. That's usually the intent, then it's about the accuracy of the cross. For instance, Nicolò Barella's cross was what created the goal for Arturo Vidal against Juventus. You need both the cross and to get bodies into the box."

As this is partially through the season, Conte was asked how he decides on Inter's presentation up until now. 

"I prefer others to do that, we just try to work and get the best out of ourselves. I think that amid the many, many difficulties we had this year, Inter are having their say and are protagonists of the campaign.

"Inter deserve that for their history. The second half of the season is still to play, but what we've done for the last year-and-a-half has been wonderful, aside from the difficulties that people often don't realise are there."

Inter and Milan will face each other on Tuesday night in the Coppa Italia quarter-final at their mutual home ground San Siro.

"We know that Serie A represents something important for the club and on an economic level, so winning the Scudetto or qualifying for the Champions League is more important than the Coppa Italia. Having said that, we still respect the tournament and want to do well.

"Inevitably, we will evaluate the situation, see who has recovered and who needs more playing time. Nobody is underestimating this match and we'll try to win, as we always do.

"We don't put limits on ourselves, but we must find the right approach to beat Milan and go into the semi-finals."

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