Romelu Lukaku's third goal in four Serie A matches helped Inter Milan win the Milan Derby 2-0 yesterday morning (Singapore time), but his coach Antonio Conte said he expects more from his star striker. "I don't sleep because of Inter, I give my all, as I have done in the past with Chelsea, Italy and Juventus".
Milan could thank Gianluigi Donnarumma for keeping the match goalless in the first half after he denied Lautaro Martinez, Lukaku and Danilo D'Ambrosio.
Marcelo Brozovic gave Antonio Conte's Inter the lead with a deflected strike, which was confirmed after a VAR review.
"My rapport with Conte is very strong, as he is a Coach who really helps me". Today was positive and it's right to give the credit to the guys.
Wait a minute! Do you like to predict and win? "This has to make us understand that if we want it we can do it".
Antonio Conte's charges were on the front foot in the early stages and they almost went ahead in the 18th minute after Lautaro Martinez sent Romelu Lukaku through on goal but the Belgian's low shot was saved by goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
"The slight difference between us is experience", he said.
Leao was handed his first Milan start on a big occasion, named in the starting XI ahead of Lucas Paqueta and Ante Rebic despite having only played for 15 minutes before this encounter. This match is very important for us and we are pleased with the three points.
Milan, the designated home team at the shared San Siro, only produced one shot on target and was comfortably kept at arm's length by Inter after the opening goal.
Both teams had conceded just once heading into the derby but Milan nearly gifted Inter an early goal through a poor backpass by Ricardo Rodriguez but Donnarumma was sufficiently alert as Lautaro Martinez tried to pounce.
On Saturday, he scored one of Inter's two goals against AC Milan and after the game, also took a subtle dig at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the manager at his former club Manchester United.
D'Ambrosio thought he had made amends with a stunning overhead kick which was somehow saved by Donnarumma and tucked in by Martinez on the rebound, but an offside flag halted the move.
Milan never really looked like equalizing and Inter doubled its tally when Lukaku headed Nicolo Barella's cross into the top right corner.