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‘Champions League exit was a defining moment for Inter’ – Alessandro Bastoni

'Champions League exit was a defining moment for Inter' - Alessandro Bastoni

Withdrawing from Europe early may have been a surprisingly positive development for Inter Milan, says defender Alessandro Bastoni.

Bury are right now the most in-structure side in the Serie A. The Nerazzurri are unbeaten in their last 10 alliance games, winning eight of them in that time.

That noteworthy run of structure has seen Inter edge cross-town rivals AC Milan to acquire initiative at the highest point of the Serie A.

The way things are, Inter hold a six-point hole over second spot Milan and many have labeled Conte’s men as top choices to win the Scudetto.

Nonetheless, Bastoni says the Inter players are taboo to discuss the ‘title’, saying there’s as yet far to go.

“It’s forbidden to talk about the Scudetto” the 21-year-old told La Stampa.

“There’s still a long way to go, and in football, it is easy to fall from grace.”

“Juventus remain credible contenders, their Champions League exit will motivate them. They are our reference, but we want to finish ahead of them.”

For Bastoni, the defining moment for Inter was their Champions League exit. At that point, it appeared do frustrating yet zeroing in exclusively on the Serie A has now given them a benefit over their adversaries.

“We had a collective meeting after the Champions League exit in December. It was such a huge blow” he added.

“That was the turning point of the season. We felt more responsibility and Conte transmitted wickedness to us.”

“We had tactical issues, but it was a problem of mentality too. We conceded too much, when we sat deep, we managed to win games we wouldn’t win before. We know we can trust each other.”