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Antonio Conte: Inter Milan aren't Italy's saviours

Antonio Conte has stressed that Inter Milan don't consider themselves to be the "saviours" of Italy as they prepare for the Europa League semi-final.

Inter play Shakhtar Donetsk on Monday (17.08.20) for a place in the final but Conte has rejected the idea that they are playing for the nation as the last Italian team left in European competition.

The former Juventus manager said: "We don't consider ourselves the saviours of the country, we've made our journey without looking at the others.

"Our goal is to improve ourselves. Personally, if we achieved a European success I would be happy for the club, not for myself. I'm not thinking about my personal record but about the club that decided to hire me."

Conte added that Inter have "a lot of respect" for Shakhtar as the teams battle it out for the right to face Sevilla in the final.

The 51-year-old manager said: "We have a lot of respect for Shakhtar. They have established themselves over the years.

"They are the strongest opponents we have faced so far in our Europa League path.

"We want to show that there's a reason that we are in the semi-finals, and our aim is to reach the final."

Shakhtar coach Luis Castro has suggested the Ukrainian side are "calm" about the game.

The Portuguese manager said: "I am absolutely calm about the match.

"We know that there is a fight with a very strong team, and that is not surprising. We are prepared for this.

"There is a very difficult game ahead, but Inter also, I think, will face difficulties. Calmness is our DNA and I am sure that we are fully prepared for the match."

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