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Antonio Conte urges Inter Milan to ‘get dirty’ in the Europa League

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Antonio Conte has called for Inter Milan to fly ‘under one flag’ as he admitted his side may have to ‘get dirty’ if they are to reach the Europa League quarter-finals.

The Serie A side face Getafe on Wednesday night in a one-off last-16 tie after the first leg in March was postponed following the outbreak of coronavirus.

And Conte approaches the match under increasing pressure amid an open feud with his bosses as he seeks to end his first season in charge at the San Siro with some silverware.

Antonio Conte has called for his Inter Milan side to 'get dirty' in the Europa League

Antonio Conte has called for his Inter Milan side to ‘get dirty’ in the Europa League

Inter's players trained in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday night ahead of facing Getafe

Inter’s players trained in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday night ahead of facing Getafe

He said, quoted in Repubblica: ‘I think the team has collected the points it deserved. In the championship you can sow a little and reap a lot. 

‘We have sown a lot but reaped less than we could. Now we are ready to play a tough game against a tough opponent. It could be a dirty game and we’ll have to get dirty.’

But he refused to say how important success in the competition was for him after a week that has clouded his future at the club in uncertainty. 

‘It doesn’t matter if it is important to me, as an individual. It matters how important it is for Inter, we are all under one flag, we speak with us not with the self. We will give our best and try to get as high as possible. 

Romelu Lukaku looks on ahead of the Europa League last-16 clash against Spanish opposition

Romelu Lukaku looks on ahead of the Europa League last-16 clash against Spanish opposition

Alexis Sanchez is likely to be involved after an impressive run of form since the restart

Alexis Sanchez is likely to be involved after an impressive run of form since the restart

‘We will have to be good to be good and have no regrets. We must know that we have given everything, as we have given everything in the league. We must play knowing that if you lose you are out.’ 

Conte’s Inter side finished only a point behind champions Juventus in Serie A this season but after beating Atalanta at the weekend, he sounded frustrated by the Inter hierarchy’s ‘soft’ management and also suggested concerns regarding the club’s future activity in the transfer market. 

He told Sky Italia: ‘It has been a tough year on a personal level, very tough. I don’t think the players saw their work recognised, I don’t think I saw my work recognised and we all received very little protection from the club.

‘We have to grow and improve in all areas, including off the field, and a big club should protect its players more. We’ll discuss it all at the end of the season, I have to meet the president (Steven Zhang) and he’s in China right now.’ 

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Man Utd vs Crystal Palace LIVE: Zaha stunning second puts Palace back in control – stream, TV channel

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MANCHESTER UNITED get off and running in the Premier League with a home game against Crystal Palace.

But the start has not gone as planned for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, with Andros Townsend putting Palace in front after just seven minutes.

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Arsenal will face London rivals West Ham at the Emirates Stadium this evening as they look to build on their Premier League opening win against Fulham. 

The Gunners will be hoping for another top performance from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who finally signed a new three-year deal with the club after a summer of uncertainty.  

Meanwhile, West Ham will look to bounce back after their opening game defeat to Newcastle, but now face a horror run of fixtures including Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham. 

Sportsmail’s MATT PORTER will provide live EPL coverage of Arsenal vs West Ham including score, lineups and build-up.

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Real Madrid fire bitter parting shot at Gareth Bale despite Tottenham legend’s FOUR European titles

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REAL MADRID fired a bitter and glum parting shot at Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham in a loan deal.

Spurs announced the signing of Bale – seven years after he left to join Madrid – and Sergio Reguilon.

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As the Bernabeu pair both linked up in London, they were given very different goodbye messages from the LaLiga champions.

On Bale’s transfer, they said: “Real Madrid C. F. and Tottenham Hotspur FC have agreed to the loan of Gareth Bale for next season, until 30 June, 2021.

“Our club wishes the best of luck to a player who is part of one of the most successful periods of our history.”

Whereas Madrid said following after Reguilon’s move: “Real Madrid C. F. and Tottenham Hotspur FC have agreed a deal for the transfer of Sergio Reguilón.

“Our club would like to thank Sergio Reguilón for his commitment, his professionalism and his exemplary behaviour throughout his career at Real Madrid and wishes him the best of luck at his new club.”

Bale has joined Spurs on a season long loan, with his Madrid contract expiring next summer, meaning he can make the move permanent on a free.

Reguilon on the other hand arrives in a £27million deal, with Manchester United also showing prior interest.

Bale scored 105 goals and made 68 assists for Madrid in just 251 games – also winning FOUR Champions League trophies in the Spanish capital.

But he returns for his second spell in North London after being frozen out of Madrid’s squad.

The 31-year-old completed his medical in Spain after saying goodbye to his Madrid team-mates.

Madrid have been keen to get the Welshman’s huge £650,000-per-week wages off the book.

It is understood that Spurs will pay 50 per cent – with the LaLIga champions covering the other half.

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