Monday September 19 2011
Tesser: 'Inter are not in crisis'

Novara Coach Attilio Tesser insists Inter are “not in crisis” ahead of Tuesday's Serie A encounter.

After two rounds, the giants are level in the table on one point with the side who haven't been in the top flight for 55 years.

“It is an exaggeration to say Inter are in crisis,” said Tesser. “They are a great side who have not earned as much as they deserved to in these games.

“We know the strength of the Nerazzurri, but will certainly not step on to the field resigned to defeat. We'll give all that we've got. If we then lose because our opponents were better, then that's football.”

Gian Piero Gasperini is under increasing pressure after one draw from his total four official matches in charge.

“We met in Serie B, when I was in charge of Triestina and he was at Crotone. His team played very good football and I said he'd be the surprise of the campaign. I was right.”

It is a special occasion for Novara, who make their home debut and hope to take advantage of the fact they are accustomed to the artificial surface at the Stadio Piola.

“We already proved that we are worthy of Serie A, but need more belief in ourselves if we are to stay here.

“We started slow in the first two games and improved after the break, so we have to shake off that tension. We can improve and have the quality to compete. The only thing we're lacking right now is a bit more character.”