Andrea Ranocchia believes Inter can still qualify for the Champions League last-16 stage and defends Achraf Hakimi: ‘Media should be more rational with Inter.’
The Nerazzurri face Borussia Monchengladbach in a key Champions League clash tomorrow. Antonio Conte’s side must win to keep their qualification hopes alive.
"Tomorrow we will face the game as it was the last one of the championship, with group spirit and desire to win,” Ranocchia said at a press conference.
“We know that we are facing a strong team, with great individuality, but we are convinced by what we are building and we aim to victory, that's the only result we can get.
“Between a thousand difficulties we are still in the run for the qualification for the next stage," Ranocchia continued.
"We can still think to go through and this must be our goal in the last two games. We are up there in Serie A. We had some games wrong, but we are there.
“The win against Sassuolo must boost our self-confidence for tomorrow’s game.”
Italian media have criticized Achraf Hakimi for his recent performances.
“At Inter you always try to pull it down and see the negative aspects, also when things are going well. When things are going wrong, it all seems to be wasted.
“Everything needs to be rationalized and read in the right way. We are in race for all our targets, we are at the beginning of the season.
“Now you attack Hakimi, but he comes from a different league and has to settle down.
"He has qualities, but I see Hakimi every day and it is wrong [to criticize him]. Players are given no time in big clubs, but often the judgments and prejudices are rushed, things must be seen in the right way.”