Antonio Conte says Real Madrid cannot "cry" about their depleted squad but acknowledged his Inter side face a "final" in a crucial Champions League group-stage encounter.

Los Blancos are without captain Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Eder Militao, as well as Federico Valverde, Alvaro Odriozola and Luka Jovic for the clash at San Siro.

Madrid have four points from two games having beaten Inter last time out, while the Nerazzurri only have two.

Conte believes Madrid still possess plenty of quality in their ranks despite the lengthy list of absences.

"No I don't think they can cry from this point of view. We are talking about an important and complete squad, where they have many good players from Real Madrid," he said. 

"The fact that the press talks about absences makes me smile a little, that's it."

With Inter winless in a Group B also containing Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Monchengladbach, Conte knows there is little room for error on home soil. 

"It certainly represents a final for us. Also because, after the defeat in the first game against Real Madrid and the two previous draws, we don't have much of a way out," he added. 

"We know that a difficult match awaits us, against Real Madrid all of us know what kind of team it is. 

"We will have to play a great game. There is an important result to be achieved. We have to pay great attention, with humility and concentration we must try to win the game."

Conte believes seven points from their remaining three games will be required to reach the last 16.

"The most important thing is to try to win the game, to get a good result. I don't think there are other solutions, other ways," he said. 

"There are three games left. I think in the end to qualify we will have to if not win all three but still earn seven points. 

"However, I repeat, it is a match that must fuel our hopes of moving forward.

"I think it is the most difficult group in the Champions League, but at the same time in the previous matches we have shown that we deserve something more than the current standings and the results obtained. 

"At the same time, if the results have not arrived, we must understand why and try to do something better than in previous matches."

Antonio Conte did not spare his Inter side from criticism despite a fine 4-2 comeback win over Torino and accused them of going backwards from last season.

Marco Giampaolo's struggling side deservedly led at the break at San Siro, thanks to Simone Zaza's splendid strike and former Inter wing-back Cristian Ansaldi doubling Torino's advantage with a 62nd-minute penalty.

From that point, Romelu Lukaku inspired a stunning turnaround, creating a goal for Alexis Sanchez before tapping in his team-mate's low cross in the 67th-minute.

The Belgium striker dispatched a penalty of his own six minutes from time and laid on for substitute Lautaro Martinez to complete the scoring.

Nevertheless, it was an abject first hour that commanded most of Conte's attention at the post-match news conference.

"Our approach wasn't the best, I didn't like what I saw," he said. "We should have been more ferocious and determined. Torino played in this fashion and we lost many duels.

"I understand there are difficulties relating to players returning from international duty, it isn't easy to get back into the swing of things and understand the importance of a match.

"We were lacking in this regard: during the first part of the game, we were lacking a competitive edge and ruthlessness. In the second half, however, we showed that we have something big in our locker, including in terms of our character: being 2-0 down could have destroyed us.

"It wasn't easy, and I'd like to compliment the guys on the reaction they displayed. We managed to score four goals and fight back, but we need to show a ruthless side at the right time.

"We also need to work hard to raise our concentration levels. Compared to how we finished last season, we've lost a lot of this, so we need to find that ferocity again."

Inter are a point behind champions Juventus and three shy of surprise leaders Sassuolo in a congested Serie A.

It is unlikely they would be so well placed without the exploits of Lukaku who now has 30 goals in 43 top-flight games for Inter. Only Brazil great Ronaldo (41 games) and Christian Vieri (43) have reached the landmark as swiftly, putting him in esteemed company.

After the game Lukaku told reporters the Nerazzurri are still not a "top team" - an assessment with which Conte concurred.

"I'm happy that Romelu has said those things, because we shouldn't pay attention to outside voices but follow our own path," he said.

"We need to have a desire to win that can be felt by our opponents even in the changing rooms. We've got a solid and intelligent group,

"I fully agree with what Romelu said. We've still got a long way to go to become a top team because in twelve games you shouldn't be forced to come from behind so often."

Christian Eriksen appears likely to leave Inter in January after the club's CEO Giuseppe Marotta said he will not keep players who want to be sold.

Eriksen cost Inter a reported €20million in January having refused to sign a new contract at Tottenham, thus allowing him to secure a cut-price move.

But having found himself on the periphery of the team during his latter days at Spurs, he was lacking momentum upon joining Inter and made only eight Serie A starts before the end of the 2019-20 season.

It appears Eriksen has done little to convince coach Antonio Conte he is worthy of a place in the team this term, with just three starts to his name in 2020-21 and he is yet to attempt a shot.

In 22 Serie A appearances for Inter, Eriksen has created just 27 chances, which is way behind Luis Alberto's 71 in that time, a high for midfielders in the league.

Similarly, Eriksen's three goal involvements (one scored, two assisted) is underwhelming compared to Serie A's most influential midfielders – Henrikh Mkhitaryan leads with 17 (nine goals, eight assists).

On top of that, Eriksen's passing – an area considered a strong point of his – has been lacklustre. He has an 83 per cent success rate with regards to distribution, which is unspectacular compared to others in similar roles.

Conte made it clear on Saturday that he feels Eriksen has had enough opportunities to make an impact and now the writing appears to be on the wall.

Speaking ahead of Sunday's 4-2 dramatic win over Torino, in which Eriksen was an unused substitute, Marotta told DAZN: "Conte has already answered exhaustively.

"I add that, clearly, we must not hold back a player when he asks to be transferred. We will have to make the right assessments.

"Right now he is available to Conte, who is using him in respect of the players and the club. For now, no requests have arrived from Eriksen, but at the right moment we will try to find the right agreements."

Romelu Lukaku inspired a remarkable second-half comeback as Inter recovered from 2-0 down to defeat Torino 4-2 and claim their first win for almost a month.

Marco Giampaolo's Torino came into the match with a solitary Serie A win to their name this season but belied that meagre return as the effervescent Simone Zaza crowned an enterprising first-half display with the opening goal.

A penalty from former Inter man Cristian Ansaldi made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute, although Alexis Sanchez swiftly reduced the arrears.

Sanchez turned provider for Lukaku to level in the 67th minute and the Belgium star kept his cool from the spot six minutes from the end of normal time, before Lautaro Martinez came off the bench to make it four shots on target and four goals for Inter in a crazy second half.

Inter struggled throughout the opening period and had a reprieve as Alessandro Bastoni hauled down Zaza when in on goal, only for the Torino forward to be penalised for handball.

Conte's men could not claim a lack of fair warning when Zaza latched on to Soualiho Meite's backheel in stoppage time and lashed a brilliant left-footed strike past Samir Handanovic.

Despite resuming on the front foot, Inter reached the hour without testing Salvatore Sirigu in the Torino goal, at which point their task got steeper.

After a long delay and a VAR review, Ashley Young was correctly penalised for kicking Wilfried Stephane Singo in the chest when he misjudged a clearance and Ansaldi dispatched his penalty down the middle of the goal.

That belatedly sparked Inter into life, with Lukaku driving at the Torino defence and hitting the bar, before making enough of a nuisance of himself in the ensuing scramble for Sanchez to thump into an unguarded net.

Torino were suddenly rattled and after Lukaku hit the outside of the post he tapped in Sanchez's low cross.

Nicolas Nkoulou became the latest defender to kick flesh – Achraf Hakimi, in his case – rather than the ball and the VAR call was consistent, leaving Lukaku to send Sirigu the wrong way.

The ex-Manchester United man then linked with Ivan Perisic in the sweeping move that got Martinez on the scoresheet via a simple finish.

 

Romelu Lukaku inspired a remarkable second-half comeback as Inter recovered from 2-0 down to defeat Torino 4-2 and claim their first win for almost a month.

Marco Giampaolo's Torino came into the match with a solitary Serie A win to their name this season but belied that meagre return as the effervescent Simone Zaza crowned an enterprising first-half display with the opening goal.

A penalty from former Inter man Cristian Ansaldi made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute, although Alexis Sanchez swiftly reduced the arrears.

Sanchez turned provider for Lukaku to level in the 67th minute and the Belgium star kept his cool from the spot six minutes from the end of normal time, before Lautaro Martinez came off the bench to make it four shots on target and four goals for Inter in a crazy second half.

Antonio Conte insists Christian Eriksen has already had "many opportunities" to cement himself in the Inter side and will not consider a switch in position to accommodate the midfielder. 

The Denmark international has struggled to fit in at Inter since his arrival from Tottenham in the January transfer window on a four-and-a-half-year contract. 

Joining halfway through the previous campaign offered little time to settle in at San Siro, but he has remained a peripheral figure at the start of the 2020-21 season. 

Eriksen started just three of Inter's five Serie A games before the November international break - and was substituted on each occasion by Conte. 

His failure to manage a goal or assist, though he has created five chances during his time on the pitch, led to a question in the pre-match press conference before Sunday's home fixture with Torino over whether the 28-year-old should be used in a deeper role. 

Conte, however, dismissed the suggestion, insisting such a change would "totally distort" Eriksen, who has been encouraged by team-mate Romelu Lukaku to learn Italian.

"I don't know about the language. As I said before, I always make choices for the good of Inter and therefore I try to do everything in the right way," the former Chelsea boss told the media. 

"Eriksen has had many opportunities since the beginning of the year and has played more than many team-mates.  

"When I deem it appropriate, he will play in the opening 11 or in a game in progress, otherwise I will make other decisions.  

"As for the role, in my opinion he cannot play in front of the defence. He has an important shot, right and left, so putting him in front of the defence would totally distort him. This is my technical evaluation." 

Inter have struggled so far in Serie A this term - managing 12 points from their opening seven games - and are also propping up the rest in their Champions League group.

Conte's squad face a hectic schedule before the mid-season break in late December, with the game against Torino quickly followed by a pivotal home European clash with Real Madrid. 

"The situation is difficult, but it is for all the teams that play in European competitions," Conte said. "You play every three days and challenging matches in that time, too. It will be complicated until Christmas - and even after. 

"I'm hoping that good luck also smiles on us from the point of view of injuries and positivity." 

Inter have won only three of their first 10 matches this season in all competitions. The last time they achieved only three wins in their first 11 outings was back in 1983-84, when Luigi Radice was in charge.

However, Conte feels his team have played better than results would indicate, adding: "In the end, even if you dominate matches but draw or lose them, you will always tend to see the glass half empty.  

"In addition to performances, we must try to achieve results, which will change opinions, moods and many situations." 

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could leave Old Trafford on a free transfer, according to The Athletic.

Pogba left United for Juventus on a free transfer in 2012 before returning to Manchester for a then-world record €105million (£89.3m) in 2016.

But the France international is unhappy at the Theatre of Dreams, where he is contracted until 2022, amid links with former club Juve and LaLiga champions Real Madrid.

 

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- Tuttosport says Juve have turned their attention from Pogba to his countryman and Rennes sensation Eduardo Camavinga. The 18-year-old has been tipped to join Madrid, while Paris Saint-Germain are also reportedly interested.

- Bayern Munich centre-back Niklas Sule is dreaming of a move to United, claims Bild. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United are believed to be pursuing a defensive partner for Harry Maguire, with Madrid's Raphael Varane and RB Leipzig star Dayot Upamecano reported targets.

Isco is ready to leave Madrid in January, reports Marca. The attacking midfielder has been linked with Everton, following previous links to Juve and Manchester City.

- Liverpool Echo claims Liverpool have been quoted £26.7million (€29.8m) to sign Ajax defender Perr Schuurs. The 20-year-old is also reportedly wanted by Milan.

Arsenal are working on a structured payment plan to sign Salzburg sensation Dominik Szoboszlai, says the Mirror.

Juve are targeting Sporting CP defender Nuno Mendes, A Bola reports. The 18-year-old has also been linked with Milan, Arsenal, Manchester United and Wolves.

Inter and Antonio Conte have reached an agreement over a new contract but Corriere dello Sport says there will be no contract extensions during the season. Barcelona target Lautaro Martinez is the most problematic case for the Nerazzurri.

Antonio Conte has downplayed Inter's struggles this season as a natural consequence of Serie A being tougher, though he remains adamant the club will be in better shape when he eventually leaves than it was when he arrived.

Inter finished Conte's first season at the helm second in Italy's top tier and just a point adrift of champions Juventus.

Conte feels their ultimate proximity to Juve was accentuated by the fact the Turin giants lost their final two matches, having wrapped up the title with games to spare, though the improvement from a fourth-placed finish the season before was not lost on the former Chelsea boss.

Inter have not been as fluent at the start of this season and sit seventh with 12 points from seven matches, winning only three.

In their five matches prior to the international break, just one ended with a victory, yet despite their recent problems, Conte has no doubt Inter have made progress during his reign.

"I am a hammer," he told Gazzetta dello Sport, explaining his uncompromising approach and attitude.

"But this is the only way to grow. Without a culture of victory, you can never get to success, but this comes through work, organisation.

"When one day – I hope long from now – I leave, of one thing I am sure: the Inter I leave will be better than the one I found, from all points of view, as has always happened in every club I have been to."

Addressing Inter finishing just behind his former club, Conte continued: "We ended up at one point behind Juve also because they, after winning the title, gave up a bit in the last few matches.

"Paradoxically, I am prouder to have ended in front of Napoli, who started [the 2019-20 season with the goal] to win the Scudetto.

"I don't just remember Juve finishing one ahead, but also the match they played and won against us pre-lockdown. In that game they showed that they still have intact malice and hunger for success."

Conte believes Inter's improvement last season has prompted teams to take a different approach when facing them.

"Inter's image in the minds of opponents has changed," he said. "And that means we have done well, but the matches against us are prepared differently: they all play to the death and with the utmost concentration. This season is harder than to the last one."

Antonio Conte advised his critics to "lay off the wine" after Inter's winless run stretched to a fourth game with a 1-1 draw against Atalanta.

Aleksey Miranchuk fired in from the edge of the box 11 minutes from time in Sunday's clash in Bergamo to cancel out Lautaro Martinez's header.

Inter have won only one of their past eight matches in all competitions and have conceded 16 times in 10 games overall this term.

However, when asked for his thoughts on those who feel he is less animated on the sidelines this season, Conte replied: "I'd advise them to lay off the wine."

Inter wasted a glorious chance to double their lead when Marco Sportiello denied Arturo Vidal from a one-on-one and then kept out Nicolo Barella's follow-up attempt.

The visitors were without Romelu Lukaku until the 74th minute and managed only three shots on target, with Conte acknowledging his side need to start taking their opportunities.

"Atalanta found it difficult to play against us. We had chances to kill off the game but we are maybe missing that killer instinct to take home the results we deserve," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"The fact people expect so much from Inter means that in the space of a year teams have learned to fear us. In the past we would have come here and not been feared at all."

Atalanta have now conceded in each of their last 10 Serie A games - their longest run in the top flight without a single clean sheet since August 2015.

Head coach Gian Piero Gasperini also saw his side thrashed 5-0 by Liverpool in the Champions League this week but is adamant he and his players are not under pressure.

"I've never had the feeling we are struggling. We've played tough games, we play the Champions League every week and defeats can happen," he said.

"We have won games and we have our identity. I do not see the problems. Other people put pressure on us.

"We know how difficult it can be. We've had a few players out of action. The break has maybe arrived at the right time."

Atalanta have now won only one of their last eight Serie A games against Inter but are a point better off than their opponents in the table.

Antonio Conte conceded the coronavirus pandemic is taking a continued toll on Inter's form as his squad once again suffered from disrupted preparations ahead of Sunday's Serie A trip to Atalanta. 

Daniele Padelli has tested positive for COVID-19 and, although he is not displaying symptoms, will not travel to Bergamo. 

Fellow back-up goalkeeper Ionut Radu and midfielder Roberto Gagliardini must repeat tests after giving inclusive results. 

Gagliardini and Radu returned to Conte's squad for last weekend's 2-2 draw against Parma after their respective positive tests in October brought about four-match absences. 

Speaking at a pre-match news conference, Conte confirmed star striker Romelu Lukaku was back in contention following an adductor problem, but the shadow of the virus still looms over a playing group where defenders Achraf Hakimi and Milan Skriniar have also been affected. 

"It is pointless saying it does not have an impact. We are all affected by this. The players and the families," Conte said ahead of a trip to one of the areas of Italy worst hit by the ongoing health crisis. 

"We train and prepare and don’t always have a full squad. 

"It is a hard situation for us all. We need to take it on and do our best. People sometimes forget the human side. It is not an easy situation for us."

In an occasionally terse briefing, Conte bridled at suggestions he might be concerned for his job after the dramatic 3-2 Champions League defeat to Real Madrid in midweek meant Inter have won just one of their past seven matches across all competitions. 

Inter's two defeats during the recent slump have come by a single goal and the 0-0 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk was the only time they have failed to score, leaving their coach to mull upon his players finding themselves on the wrong side of some fine margins. 

"You are talking about the minor details. We need to work hard. We need to keep at it," Conte said. 

"We need to make sure we wipe out the gap [to the best teams]. I have told this to the players. 

"There is still a gap to cut. We are almost there but not there yet." 

Midfielder Stefano Sensi is still out due to a thigh injury, with Conte stating the Italy international's recovery is "not going well".

Arturo Vidal is convinced Inter can win a major trophy this season after opting to join the Serie A club because of the presence of Antonio Conte. 

Vidal arrived from Barcelona ahead of the 2020-21 season as Inter aimed to build on a promising first year under Conte, having finished second to Juventus in the league and lost in the Europa League final. 

However, the new campaign has not started smoothly for the Nerazzurri.  

They have won just three of their opening six Serie A fixtures to quickly slip off the pace and are yet to register a victory in the Champions League, leaving them bottom of Group B at the halfway stage.

Vidal, though, remains confident silverware is a realistic aim with Conte, having enjoyed success while working with the Italian coach during their time together at Juve. 

"I'm not afraid to say the word 'Scudetto' because I have won a lot in my career and I came to Inter to continue doing it," Vidal told Corriere dello Sport. 

"I am convinced that we will be able to raise an important trophy. Juventus remains the number one favourite [for the title].  

"For the Champions League, we have a lot of confidence and I am convinced that we will go on. So far, we have left two-three points on the road. We have to get them back."

Vidal also revealed how much Conte, who led Juventus to the title in each of his three seasons in charge at the club, was key to him choosing to move to San Siro.

"I am here especially for him," the Chile international said of the Inter boss. "We spent three years with Juventus, we won and that was an unforgettable experience. 

"He wanted me; we talked a lot last summer and both he and the club did their best to get me to join Inter.

"I found the same Conte of Juve. He loves football, he makes you feel it and he transmits his passion and his desire to win, with him I am wonderful."

Vidal went on to win league titles in Germany and Spain after leaving Juve, with his two-year stint at Barca seeing him play alongside Lionel Messi.

The midfielder may have now left Camp Nou but revealed he will always have a "beautiful" friendship with Messi, a player he places above long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo in the debate over who is better.

"There is no comparison. Messi is from another planet," he said of the Barca superstar.

"Of the two years I spent with him in Barcelona, many things remained in my heart. A beautiful friendship was born between us, a relationship that will remain forever. United for life.

"I don't know if Messi will leave Barcelona, but I hope he is happy and makes a decision with his heart."

Antonio Conte said he is satisfied with Inter's performance in their 3-2 defeat against Real Madrid and remains hopeful of reaching the Champions League last 16.

Inter battled back from two goals down in Tuesday's clash at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, only for Madrid substitute Rodrygo to score with 10 minutes remaining to snatch the win.

Conte's Inter are bottom of Group B on two points from three matches and face Madrid again at San Siro in their next European outing on November 25.

Despite Inter winning only one of their last seven games in all competitions, Conte remains upbeat on the back of the narrow loss in the Spanish capital.

"Of course the final result leaves a bad taste in the mouth for me and my players," he told Sport Mediaset. "Games like these show that there is still room for growth.

"But I don't know how many teams come to Madrid and play this type of game. We went down by two goals and managed to pull it back, and then missed chances to go in front.

"In my opinion my side took more steps today. I really liked the mentality and desire we showed. This team is growing but the results are not rewarding our performances."

Karim Benzema profited from a terrible Achraf Hakimi backpass for Madrid's opening goal and Sergio Ramos nodded in a second after getting away from his marker at a corner.

Hakimi appeared to be fouled by Ferland Mendy in the build-up to the opener, but Conte did not want to make excuses and instead criticised his side's defending.

"There is little explanation behind the backpass, even if there was a slight foul on Hakimi," he said. "The second goal is similar - we have to improve. 

"There is work to be done and at the moment the little details are costing us in games."

Lautaro Martinez – who became the only player born after 1996 to have scored against both Madrid and Barcelona in the Champions League – and Ivan Perisic dragged Inter back on level terms with well-taken strikes either side of half-time, but Rodrygo's winner now leaves Inter in a perilous position.

"There are still three games to go," Conte said. "That means nine points are up for grabs. We knew this was the most difficult group and we will do everything to get through."

Inter matched Madrid in terms of shots (12) but only managed to get three of those on target, compared to seven for their opponents – who have conceded two-plus goals in five consecutive Champions League games for just the second time after 2001.

And Samir Handanovic accepted Inter can have few complaints about the scoreline after failing to make more of the chances that fell their way at 2-2.

"There is a lot of bitterness about this result," the Inter captain told Sky Sport Italia. 

"We had got it back on track and wanted to win - that was the sensation we got on the pitch.

"We had two chances and didn't take them, whereas Real Madrid did, and those incidents made the difference. Ultimately, they were more determined.

"In wins and defeats, there is always something positive to take, but we have to become more determined, because we really felt that we could've won it and that is not the first time we've experienced this situation.

"I think we were on a par with Real Madrid, even superior for long periods, but the difference was they were more determined."

Inter head coach Antonio Conte claimed he has previously turned down offers to manage Real Madrid.

Conte, 51, made the admission at a media conference on the eve of crunch Champions League clash between the clubs.

Zinedine Zidane is in his second spell in charge of Madrid having returned in March 2019 after Julen Lopetegui was sacked and an interim stint by Santiago Solari.

"Of course, there have been a couple of moments in the past when I was very close to coaching Real Madrid," Conte said on Monday.

"The season had already started, it would have been difficult to take over, the club had already made a schedule and in a very sincere way I preferred to postpone it

"In the past, it's true, there was the opportunity to become the Real Madrid coach, but perhaps it wasn’t the right time."

Asked if he could envisage himself as Madrid coach in the future, former Juventus, Italy and Chelsea boss Conte insisted he was happy at Inter for the time being.

He added: "I want to continue the project here at Inter. Right now, I am really very focused on Inter.

"I started a project here with a very strong ownership and I am happy. We are creating something important."

Antonio Conte lamented Inter's poor finishing after they missed a hatful of chances en route to a 2-2 draw with Parma on Saturday.

Despite taking 25 shots to their opponents' five across the 90 minutes at San Siro, the Nerazzurri needed a 92nd-minute equaliser from Ivan Perisic to claim a share of the spoils.

The Croatian joined compatriot Marcelo Brozovic on the scoresheet at the death, cancelling out Gervinho's second goal to clinch a point for Inter, who were without Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

And, while Conte had no complaints over his players' effort, he was unhappy with the lack of cutting edge shown.

"It’s not the first game we dominated and yet almost lost. If you don't score goals in football, you don't win," he told Sky Sport Italia.

Antonio Conte is not willing to take any risks with Romelu Lukaku as Inter prepare to host Parma without both the Belgian striker and Alexis Sanchez.

Lukaku played the entire game but suffered a thigh issue as Inter drew 0-0 with Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday, their first goalless draw in the competition since September 2009.

The 27-year-old had scored in nine straight European matches up until then, while he has already found the net five times in as many Serie A appearances at the start of the new campaign.

However, with a huge Champions League clash against Real Madrid looming on the horizon, plus a trip to Atalanta to come before the November international break, Conte is wary of pushing the player too hard despite his obvious importance to the team.

"Against Shakhtar he had a muscle problem, precisely when he kicked the free-kick," Conte said at his pre-match media conference on Friday. "He still has this.

"We need to recover in the best possible way. You know very well how important Romelu is for us, especially at a time when Sanchez is also missing.

"We are evaluating the situation and we try to act for the best of Inter.

"We are recovering some players from coronavirus, I have a lot of faith in everyone and I know we can do well and that we must do well anyway."

Sanchez, meanwhile, was withdrawn at half-time in Inter's Champions League opener with Borussia Monchengladbach on October 21 due to a thigh injury.

The Chile forward will once again be unavailable for this weekend, denying Conte another attacking option for the Serie A fixture.

Inter have not done well against Parma in recent home games either, failing to win any of the previous four matches at San Siro between the teams. 

"Sanchez is not ready. You have to wait for the doctors and the player to give the go ahead, because sometimes too much desire to play makes the player make the wrong decision," Conte said.

"You have to be patient and try to experience what happens, especially for the players because, as I said, the players have to take great responsibilities, they have to be aware of the situations.

"Forcing it can lead to negative consequences, both for them and the team."

Inter will be boosted by the expected return of Roberto Gagliardini, who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

On the midfielder's status, Conte said: "Gagliardini is fine, he trained at home and, when he arrived with us, we did some checks. He is available and I'm happy to have him, because in midfield we had some problems since the international break."

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