Antonio Conte stated his exuberant celebration was a “reward” for the staff after Matteo Darmian’s winner for Inter within the Serie A leaders’ 1-0 victory over Cagliari.
Darmian transformed Achraf Hakimi’s cross to the far put up 13 minutes from time as Inter took one other step in direction of the Scudetto, sustaining their 11-point lead on the high.
Conte reacted to the purpose by operating down the sideline and leaping right into a celebratory huddle along with his gamers earlier than then planting a kiss on creator Hakimi.
Milan put some stress on by defeating Parma on Saturday, and Conte believes Inter’s triumphant response was price double with simply eight video games left within the season.
“I’m at all times harassed however the celebration was a reward for the lads, as was the kiss to [Achraf] Hakimi,” Conte instructed DAZN.
“I don’t take into account myself to be an older brother however I usually kiss them on the brow, they know the love I’ve for them and that I’m able to throw myself into the hearth for them. Hakimi deserved it, as did Darmian.
“I maintain repeating the identical factor. The matches have gotten fewer and the victories begin to be price six factors.
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“Milan received yesterday in Parma and it was vital for us to keep up the gap on the high, however by now we’re used to this sort of scenario.
“For a lot of it’s the first time they’re taking part in beneath this stress and having to win as a result of others are selecting up factors, however I’m very happy with the progress of those guys.
“We now have grown a lot within the house of beneath two seasons from each perspective, and present this each Sunday.
“I say the ‘countdown’ to the title in quotations, as a result of we play to win and at all times push ahead. We’re not a staff that makes calculations and I are not looking for us to, as a result of I like profitable an excessive amount of and I would like the gamers to really feel this too.
“The target is in sight however we aren’t there but, we now have received three large video games in eight days however on the similar time we all know it’s not sufficient as a result of there are eight extra matches.”