A furious Antonio Conte lashed out at reporters who questioned his decision not to play Alexis Sanchez in Inter Milan’s draw with Atalanta.
The Serie A leaders were held 1-1 at the San Siro on Saturday evening and were fortunate not to lose, as the away side missed an injury-time penalty.
But with Inter searching for a winner that would have pulled them three points clear of Juventus, the former Chelsea chief opted not to rurn to the Chilean.
And that decision was the focus of questions post-match, with Conte not happy.
He said: “You mention Sanchez, well gentlemen, players must be fit to play. I am not crazy.
“So, either I am a moron, or I want to hurt myself. I believe one plus one equals two. If you make one plus one equal five…
“If I put someone out of our line-up it is for a reason. It is not about performing a hara-kiri or because I am a mad man.
“I faced this game without four key players. Atalanta are intense, with a lot of physical force. We did everything we could to try and win the game. The lads are exceptional.
“Today we had Nicolo Barella suspended, Matias Vecino with a calf problem.
“I’m trying to get Alexis Sanchez back in shape, but in my view we are giving everything in a very difficult situation.”
Meanwhile, Manchester United are nudging ever closer towards the capture of Bruno Fernandes after reports on Monday claimed Sporting Lisbon had named their price and set a deadline by which they want the sale to go through.
Reports on Sunday claimed United will this week launch a formal offer of £51million for the Portugal star as the Red Devils looks to bring in more creativity and a great goalscoring threat from midfield.
It was suggested United’s opening bid included £51m in cash, while United were also willing to offer two of three players as makeweight in the deal.
One of those is widely expected to be Marcos Rojo, who joined United from Sporting in 2014. The Argentina defender has been cleared to leave this month and a return to his former club as part of the package for Fernandes is now expected to go sanctioned; that despite the injury concerns surrounding Harry Maguire.
Reports in the Daily Mirror claim the other players on offer were goalkeeper Joel Periera and midfielder Angel Gomes. Read more…