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Champions League elimination ‘charged’ Inter Milan – Darmian

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The Italian full-back suggests his side ending their European journey early in the season turned out to be not all disappointing.

Matteo Darmian believes elimination from the Champions League “charged” Inter Milan, who are on the verge of lifting their first Scudetto in over a decade.

Inter Milan had a substandard Champions League campaign this term as they were able to pick up a mere six points out a possible 18 in the group stages, managing just a single win.

Finishing rock bottom of Group B, the Nerazzurri were knocked out of Europe’s most prestigious club competition before even the first knockout stage.

Their story in Serie A, however, is quite contrasting. Antonio Conte’s men are leading the title race with a healthy 11-point gap over rivals AC Milan and could get their hands on the trophy as early as this weekend.

“The win will be the most exciting hour,” Darmian told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “There are still some points missing, we hope to get them as soon as possible.

“This season has been progressing. But we knew from the start that we would have done well.

“Everything happened before and after Sassuolo, in the first round. It was a delicate match for us. We were leaving behind too many points on the road. Winning that Sunday was decisive for morale.

“If I think overall, the exit from the Champions League, however negative, instead of knocking us down, it charged us.”