Inter Milan have failed to advance to the knockout stages of this season’s European Champions League after the draw they got in the match against Shakhtar Donetsk. Regarding that failure, Coach Antonio Conte has his own analysis.
One of Italy’s mainstays in this season’s European Champions League, Inter Milan failed to go far in this annual event. They were eliminated in the group stage and were unable to even penetrate the Europa League.
After going through four matches in the Group stage, Inter Milan are actually required to win over Shakhtar Donetsk on the last matchdays.
Victory can at least pave the way to qualify for the knockout stages, but unfortunately the match which took place at the Giuseppe Meazza ended in a 0-0 draw.
In fact, Antonio Conte’s troops actually appeared to dominate the match by controlling the ball possession by 57 percent. However, they did not succeed in taking advantage of any opportunities to change positions until the match was over.
With this draw, Inter Milan not only failed to reach the last 16, but they also couldn’t play in the Europa League because they finished as the last place in the final group standings.
Speaking after the match, Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte laid out the reasons why his team failed to make it to the knockout stages at this annual event.
“These are things that need to be looked at with a cool head, not after the game is over,”
“There are a lot of regrets, but I don’t feel like saying that there is a lack of determination, focus or aggressiveness. We are missing a goal, and unfortunately if you don’t score, you won’t win.” said Conte on the club’s official website.
But what’s interesting about Conte’s statement is that his team’s failure in this event was also due to luck. In that sense, the referee sometimes makes decisions that are detrimental to his team.
“We are not very lucky in the Champions League because of certain incidents and various decisions from the referee,”
“Now that the group stage is over, I think I can say that we were punished by VAR as well, because of the many unanalyzed incidents.” he continued.