Javier Zanetti reveals it was Julio Cesar who gave the half-time team talk and stands up for Esteban Cambiasso, who was in tears at a fan protest.
Inter fought back from 2-0 down to snatch a 2-2 draw with Catania in the final minutes of tonight’s match.
“Considering how the situation was going, we showed great character,” captain Zanetti told Inter Channel.
“It was not easy, as Catania hit us hard with a quick one-two of goals after our good start.
“At half-time Julio Cesar gave us all a team talk in the locker room and I have to compliment him for that. We were able to find the strength to fight back.
“We are all aware that this situation is not good and we want to get back to picking up points.”
However, there was a very tense moment in the second half when Inter were 2-0 down. Cambiasso was substituted by Andrea Poli and the crowd cheered loudly, prompting the midfielder to burst into tears once he was on the bench.
“You’d have to ask the Coach whether it was the right decision to replace someone who has won so much. If Ranieri makes his choices, there must be a reason,” replied Zanetti.
“Clearly everyone can have difficult moments and I don’t think us ‘Senators’ of the team are responsible. I won’t stand for that, as in my career nobody has gifted me anything. Then people can judge whatever way they see fit.
“We have to understand the mood of the fans and unfortunately we have lost many games. At the final whistle I thanked the supporters, because they were very important in encouraging us.”
Inter had not scored for over nine hours of football, so once Diego Forlan broke that drought, it seemed like a different team.
“It’s true, we shook a huge angry weight off our shoulders. It was frustrating, as despite all our hard efforts, we were unable to get results. Unfortunately that’s football and February really damaged us in the standings.”