Claudio Ranieri insists he “can feel the confidence” of Inter ahead of tomorrow’s crunch match with Napoli. “The President wants a reaction and we’ll give it to him.”
The Nerazzurri are in crisis after losing six of their last seven games between Serie A, the Champions League and Coppa Italia.
“I liked the team against Olympique Marseille on Wednesday and was very happy with their show of character, especially at a time when things aren’t going well. We must continue with this character and determination,” said Ranieri in his press conference.
“Wesley Sneijder had a great game in France and I’ve never seen him work so hard. He is a trequartista, but I asked him to run more without the ball.
“We are only a point behind Napoli, even if they are fired up right now. I must admit I’ve never had such a bleak period in my career with six defeats.
“I don’t think that this could be my last game in charge. I do not feel at risk and I feel the confidence of the club in me. We’ve got to get out of this situation.”
President Massimo Moratti was at the Appiano Gentile training ground today and held a meeting with the squad.
“He often speaks to us. The President was upset by the defeat, but is very calm. He wants a reaction and we’ll give it to him. We must be positive and win. I’m sure we’ll get back on track and hopefully it’ll happen from tomorrow. All is not lost in Serie A or the Champions League.
“My teams always go on to the field in order to win. I never told any of my sides to play for a draw. We’re angry and have to react.”
Inter squad: Julio Cesar, Castellazzi, Orlandoni; Cordoba, Zanetti, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu, Faraoni, Nagatomo; Stankovic, Sneijder, Palombo, Poli, Cambiasso, Obi; Pazzini, Forlan, Milito, Zarate