Javier Zanetti is convinced that Inter can still have a campaign to remember despite a troubled start.
Inter had a terrible opening to 2011-12, a run of results which saw Gian Piero Gasperini replaced by Claudio Ranieri.
“We started the season with some difficulty, mostly because of the coaching change and the absence of so many important players who were injured,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“But in the last month we've won six out of seven games. We're recovering, we know that the road is still long, but we hope to be contenders until the end.
“We're still in all three competitions.
“We know, however, that we still have to make up ground in the League and we also know that it will be difficult because the teams that are ahead of us are strong.
“However, we believe.”
Inter, who were hovering just above the relegation zone for a time, are now fifth in the standings – eight points behind co-leaders Milan and Juventus.
They are also expected to make some changes to the squad once the January transfer window opens.
“I am sure that the club will make a great effort to make this team even more competitive,” added the Argentine.
“We must work with the players we have and then if some new ones arrive they will be welcome.”
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