Conte weighs up strike options

04 March 2021 01:35:36 GMTPlus10

Alexis Sanchez ended his three-month scoring drought in Inter Milan's win against Genoa on Sunday, but that won't guarantee him a start at Parma, according to boss Antonio Conte.

Sanchez came off the bench to score Inter's third in their 3-0 win against Genoa, a victory which saw Conte's side retain their four-point lead at the top of Serie A.

But the ex-Arsenal and Manchester United frontman knows he's still behind the red-hot duo of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez in the Nerazzurri pecking order.

And even though Conte may be tempted to rest either of his first-choice strikeforce at struggling Parma with a far tougher showdown with Atalanta to come just four days later, the Inter boss says he's only interested in fielding his strongest eleven at the Ennio Tardini.

It's been a frustrating season for Sanchez, who has started just eight league games for the Serie A pacesetters. His goal against Genoa was only his third in the league and his first since late November.

In contrast, his former United team-mate Lukaku can't stop scoring, his opener against Genoa his fourth goal in three games and 18th for the season. Only Juventus' Cristiano Ronaldo has bagged more than the Belgian.

"Sanchez is in the best physical condition since he joined Inter," Conte told reporters. "I'm starting to see those sprints we saw in the old Alexis, but he knows full well he has Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez in front of him and they're both doing very well."

Inter, who have won five matches in a row, are 2/9 to prevail at relegation-threatened Parma, who are a 11/1 shot, with the draw 11/2.

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