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Inter Milan coach Conte: Shakhtar directors deserve credit for transfer work

Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte says they'll "respect" Europa League semifinal opponents Shakhtar Donetsk - but expect to win on Monday night.

Inter go into the game favourites to reach the final.

Conte said, “Shakhtar are a team full of talent and have shown over the years that they can change coach or players, but they always rebuild and maintain a very high level.

“I remember when I was at Juventus against Shakhtar in the Champions League and together we knocked out Chelsea, who were the holders. At the time, they had players who weren't well known yet, but they were the likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Darijo Srna, Pyatov, etc.

“I tip my hat to them and their directors for being able to constantly find these talents. I think Shakhtar play to their own strengths, so alternating periods of pressure with sitting back more and trying to hit us on the counter. They have their own very clear identity.

“Luis Castro deserves credit for convincing so many talented players to work hard for the team. It's not easy to get such creative midfielders and forwards to also work so hard and remain concentrated in defence, so that took work."

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