CHAMPIONS LEAGUE VICTORY NON-NEGOTIABLE FOR INTER

Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte has his work cut out if the Italian tactician is to deliver Champions League knockout stage football for the first time in his tenure as the Nerazurri boss.


Ex-Chelsea and Juventus manager Conte was appointed the Inter Milan boss at the start of the last campaign and big things were expected of the former Italian international player but he has not been able to reach those expectations. Under his watch, Inter Milan failed to mount a sustained title challenge in the Italian Serie A last season as the Nerazurri finished a distant second to champions Juventus who won their eighth successive league title as a result.

Conte had been appointed to stop the dominance of former club Juventus in Italian football. The Inter Milan job was his first work since his controversial dismissal at Premier League club Chelsea two years ago.
Apart from finishing second in the league last season, Conte and Inter Milan reached the Europa League final before they were beaten 3-2 by eventual winners Sevilla FC of Spain. Inter Milan had dropped down to the Europa League after failing to qualify for the knockout stage with Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund finishing ahead of the Nerazurri in their group. The same situation could repeat itself this season with Inter Milan struggling to qualify from Group B.
Ahead of the final set of Group B games on matchday six,Inter Milan are bottom on the group standings with five points from five games behind Real Madrid (seven points), Shakthar Donetsk (seven points) and group leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach (eight points). Inter Milan welcome Ukrainian football giants Shakthar Donetsk to the San Siroin their final Group B match knowing that only an home win will give them the chance of qualifying for the knockout stage. Inter Milan must win and hope the other group game between hosts Real Madrid and Borussia Moenchengladbach don't end in a draw.