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Ranieri Refuses To Blame Players For Poor Display

Pressure is mounting on Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri after his side squandered the chance to bag all three points at home against Atalanta yesterday. Diego Milito’s missed penalty and a lackluster performance from the entire team highlighted another poor outing for the Nerazzuri.

Inter’s barren draw further complicates things for them as they not only are out of the running for a Champions League spot, but they are also in danger of missing out on a Europa League slot.

Speaking after the match, Ranieri once again refused to blame his players (although they thoroughly deserved it) as he chose to rather take a long term approach of to their current predicament.

“We are disappointed because we could not win the match despite our commitment,” Ranieri told Sky Sport Italia.

“This has not been an easy season, we know it, but I cannot blame any of this on my players.We have to take one match at a time without making long-term objectives. We have got to continue with this professional attitude without talking about third place or any other objectives.”

Meanwhile staying in Milan, City rivals AC Milan are garnering to be the first team to beat Juventus this season when they travel to Turin to take on the Bianconeri in the return leg of their Coppa Italia fixture tomorrow.

Juve hold a massive 2-1 advantage over the Rossoneri and their coach Antonio Conte will not be taking any chances.

“We’re doing something great and amazing,” he said.

“I’m proud of the duel between ourselves and Milan, they’re not slipping up and they have a four-point advantage.

“We want to improve, possibly quickly, and we want to keep dreaming and looking for the maximum. We’ll see if that maximum is first or second but the important thing is to have no regrets.”

Milan’s Allegri on the other hand knows all too well the task ahead of him.

“It will be difficult against Juve on Tuesday, we have to score two goals.” Allegri was quoted as saying after Milan’s 2-0 win over Parma on Saturday.

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