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Antonio Conte Inter Milan Smiling

Inter boss Antonio Conte says playing the Derby d’Italia in an empty stadium “isn’t nice” but that “we refer to the decisions that were made for health reasons.”

It’s been a controversial week in the Italian game, with games in the northern part of the country cancelled due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus.

Inter’s Sunday night game against Sampdoria was postponed, and their Thursday evening Europa League clash against Ludogrets will be played behind closed doors, as will the Derby d’Italia against Juventus this Sunday.

Conte spoke to Sky Sport Italia and remarks that the correct decision was made.

It is a good job that Inter were able to get the job done last week in Bulgaria against Ludogorets because the second leg at home this week will be played behind closed doors on Thursday due to the Coronavirus scare.

Totally understand the decision why. The highly-contagious illness is spreading rapidly throughout northern Italy, with three deaths reported and over 200 cases diagnosed.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed he could shut down all this weekend’s Serie A games – a decision is set to be made today – and several regions including Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto, Liguria, Friuli and Emilia-Romagna ordered suspension of all large public events including sports until midnight on March 1.

Samir Handanovic Inter Milan

Samir Handanovic could get the nod against Ludogorets in the Europa League this week, as Inter are trying to get him ready for the big clash against Juventus.

Tuttosport writes that the Slovenian goalkeeper is closing in on a return from injury and looks set to replace Daniele Padelli in the Nerazzurri goal this week.

The second choice between the sticks has received a lot of criticism after stepping up to try and fill the void left by the 35-year-old Slovenia international.

Mercato Inter Milan

Inter have reportedly told Barcelona that they will have to pay €90M if they want to bring defender Milan Skriniar to La Liga this summer.

Barcelona were linked with a move for the Slovakian international last summer, but their reported offer of €65M was rejected by Inter. With the price of center backs skyrocketing over the last 18 months, it it not a surprise that the price for the Skriniar has risen so much.

Despite Skriniar being thought of as being one of the best centre backs in Europe, he does not seem to be a favorite of Antonio Conte as the he has battled with Alessandro Bastoni for a starting place this season.

Inter’s Europa League Round of 32 second leg against Ludogrets could be played in a neutral venue, according to a report.

Inter’s game against Sampdoria this evening was cancelled due to the spread of the Coronavirus in certain regions of the country.

All sporting events in the Lombardy and Veneto regions of Italy were cancelled late last night. Italian news agency ANSA now states that there is a possibility for the game to be moved to a neutral venue.

Inevitably, now Ludogorets have released a statement confirming their formal request to UEFA for more information on the situation in Milan.

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte has postponed three Serie A fixtures, including Inter v Sampdoria, following a coronavirus outbreak in Milan.

Inter confirmed the decision on Twitter on Saturday night, while the other top flight games affected on Sunday are Atalanta’s match at home to Sassuolo and Cagliari’s trip to Verona.

‘The government is working on urgent measures to decisively confront and contain the cases of coronavirus contagion,’ read a letter from Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora to Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago shortly before midnight local time on Saturday.

It is a match that should be an easy three points for Inter, but Antonio Conte tried really hard in his prematch press conference to talk up Sampdoria, saying they are “in good shape” despite recent results.

“The difficulty is that we are up against a team that is in good shape, despite their latest defeat,” said Conte in his press conference.

The Blucerchiati are hovering above the relegation zone after a 5-1 home loss to Fiorentina.

“This side is alive and kicking, with a very experienced coach like Claudio Ranieri and good quality players. Fabio Quagliarella amazes year by year and we’ve got to be very focused to get the three points.”

Eriksen Inter Milan

Christian Eriksen is yet to reach peak physical condition after joining Inter from Tottenham, according to head coach Antonio Conte.

Eriksen, who signed for Inter in January, scored his first goal for the club in Thursday’s 2-0 Europa League last-32 win away at Ludogorets.

The Denmark international opened the scoring with a fine strike and also hit the crossbar with a powerful drive before Romelu Lukaku’s late penalty put the Nerazzurri in complete control ahead of next week’s second leg in Milan.

However, Conte feels there is a lot more to come from Eriksen.

Lautaro Martinez Inter Milan

Inter director Beppe Marotta discussed Europa League ambitions, Christian Eriksen, Samir Handanovic injury updates and why they are “proud” Barcelona praise Lautaro Martinez.

“Without doubt, Inter have the prestige that means we must play every tournament aiming for the maximum result,” Marotta told Sky Sport Italia.

Christian Eriksen has been chosen to start this tie in Razgrad, after sitting the last few Serie A and Coppa Italia matches out.

“We and all the fans are eager to see Eriksen, but the coach is very good at evaluating the right moment to use his players. He watches them carefully in training and having three tournaments means everyone is available and a first choice, there are no second choice players here.”

Christian Eriksen Inter Milan

Christian Eriksen scored his first Inter Milan goal as Inter won at Ludogorets Razgrad in the Europa League last 32.

The former Spurs midfielder slotted home from the edge of the area after Romelu Lukaku’s lay-off with about 20 minutes remaining.

The Dane also hit the bar with a drive from 25 yards before Lukaku sealed the win with a penalty in added time.

Since joining Antonio Conte’s side Eriksen had played 137 minutes across five matches but failed to register a goal or assist.