After squandering chances, Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte again lamented the lack of a killer instinct on his side and drew 3-3 at home to mid-table Sassuolo on Wednesday, further denting their chances of winning Serie A.

Conte had written about Inter’s profligacy after they defeated Sampdoria 2-1 on Sunday. Its performance against Sassuolo left him even more exasperated, including an open goal miss by midfielder Roberto Gagliardini.

“There’s a lot of frustration on my part and the lads’ part,” said Conte, whose side is 3rd and 8 points behind the Juventus leaders.

He added: “If you play this kind of game and put a lot of energy into it when you have a chance to win it given the challenges, you have to put it to bed and get three points. We haven’t done that, and it’s upsetting, it upsets me. We had chances, and we didn’t seal the result, and then in the 89th minute, they scored, but we can’t work any harder. There are situations where you need to score, and today we paid dearly for our naivety.”

The coach also blamed for individual mistakes all three of Sassuolo’s goals and said there will be plenty to look into.

Conte said: “Everything changes with knowledge. I repeat that every day, before and after the games, after the practices. The specifics will change the outcome, and we have paid for the consequences again.”

Conte didn’t want to consider Inter’s chances of winning the title during his first season at the club.”I don’t even know.” he said.

“I can’t predict that. What I want is for us to win the remaining 11 games. The mentality I want to instill in the players is to try and get the best. Then, if there are other better teams than us, I’ll take my hat off,” he said.


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