One of the oldest cliches in football is that elimination from European competition can allow a team to concentrate on the league, and it is one with which Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte will be especially familiar.

Conte has struggled to match his impressive domestic record with success in the Champions League, a reputation which was reinforced after Inter was knocked out in the group stage for the second time in a row under his leadership on Wednesday.

Inter finished bottom of Group B following a 0-0 draw at home to Shakhtar Donetsk and will not even have the distraction of the second-string Europa League.

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Instead, it will be able to focus all its energy on winning Serie A for the first time since 2010, starting with its visit to Cagliari on Sunday.

Inter is second in the table with 21 points, five behind…

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