Claudio Ranieri insists Inter will emerge from their growing crisis. “Why are you all waiting for me to resign? It’s not going to happen.”
The Nerazzurri have not scored in their last five official games and lost seven of the last eight matches, including tonight’s 1-0 away to Napoli.
“We lost games, but we have the hunger and determination to return to winning ways. It was a particular game and we knew Napoli would attack us, as they are flying on the wings of enthusiasm from their Chelsea win,” said the Coach.
“We tried to attack them too and didn’t manage it, although we did close down many of the spaces for them.
“Everything must be one step at a time. We need to score a goal and that is the way to find a win. There was that golden opportunity for Giampaolo Pazzini and he didn’t manage it, so it’s a great shame.
“We lost the ball in midfield and Napoli were really fired up for seven minutes after their goal, then we got back into the match.”
Ranieri became irritated when asked what he would do in the position of President Massimo Moratti.
“If I were the President? I don’t know, you’d best ask him. If I were the President then I’d say I confirm Ranieri 100 per cent as it’s not his fault.
“I realise there are many sponsoring me to be replaced, but why should I take a step back? Why are you all waiting for me to resign? It’s not going to happen.
“I won’t resign because I believe in this team, they fought hard again tonight and that is all.”
TinkerMan made two half-time substitutions and switched to a 3-5-2 system at the San Paolo.
“We have some difficulties that we’ve talked about many times. I try to bring the best out of my lads and used the side that did well in Marseille, but in the first half we never really had the ball in the opposition half.
“How long can you go on with that situation? I made some changes and tried to safeguard the flanks, but when conceding a goal like that it all went wrong.
“Tonight we struggled against Napoli, whereas we had better chances against Marseille. There are positive and negative spells, while this was a Black February for us.
“The lads have worked so hard in training and we hope to emerge from this situation one game at a time.”
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