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Samuel hints at narrow escape

SoccerNews in Serie A 8 Oct 2012

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Inter Milan defender Walter Samuel says he was lucky not to concede a penalty in his team’s 1-0 derby victory over AC Milan on Sunday.

Argentine Samuel, who netted the only goal of the Serie A showdown at San Siro, said he attempted to prevent Milan forward Robinho from getting a shot on goal, and in doing so felled the Brazilian inside the area.

“Robinho made a nice run, I felt contact with him but I think there are a lot of challenges in the penalty area, and not all of them are fouls,” Samuel told Sky Sport Italia.

“I just tried to prevent him from getting an easy shot away. Perhaps others are better placed to judge and say if it was a foul.”

While satisfied with their battling victory, Samuel quickly talked down any suggestion Inter can mount a bid for the Scudetto in 2012/13.

“I’m happy, and pleased with where we are in the league as well,” he said.

“We were all up for the derby and we wanted to show we could get a result here tonight.

“We have belief in our own ability and, although we came under pressure, we kept positive and always thought could win the game. We need to continue in this vein.”

“The title? It’s still too early to say, I don’t think any team is thinking about that yet. We’ll keep working to win something come the end of the season.”

Inter, fourth on the Serie A table, trail joint leaders Juventus and Napoli by four points.

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