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Antonio Conte backtracks on second place comments

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The Inter Milan manager raised some eyebrows with his comments on runners up being first losers but has explained the meaning of his statement.

Inter Milan easily dispatched the challenge of Genoa at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. The Nerazzurri won 3-0 thanks to clinical striking by their forwards.

A Romelu Lukaku brace, which took his season’s tally to 23, and an Alexis Sanchez strike was enough to secure the three points. 

The result brings the Nerazzurri back to second place, overtaking the exceptional Atalanta in the process. 

Conte had recently given disparaging comments about finishing in second place. However, the former Juventus and Chelsea manager has backtracked on his comments. 

The combative manager shared that it is all about perspective and he did not want to demean anyone. 

“I didn’t say second place was bad, it’s just if you want to see the glass half-empty or half-full,” the coach said according to Sky Sport Italia.

“I don’t know why, people lately always wanted to see it half-empty. The numbers are clear, these lads are doing great things and of course we must improve, but at the same time congratulate these players, as they keep pushing.”

Despite the clear the air statement, Conte remains unhappy with Inter’s positioning. The coach believes the Milanese club deserved more from the campaign than the second-place finish on offer. 

“It’s a pity about some games, but there are seasons when you don’t reap what you sow and that’s what happened to Inter. We want to go as far as possible and get the best statistics we can. Someone else will win the Scudetto, but we must have the ambition of aiming as high as possible.”

Heading into the final two games of the season, Inter Milan are a point above Atalanta and four behind Juventus, who have played a game less.