Saturday December 10 2011
Zanetti: 'Part of the Inter game'

Javier Zanetti concedes Inter are struggling, but “after a seven-year moment of glory now we are going through difficulties. It’s part of the game.”

The Nerazzurri take on Fiorentina tonight and hope to turn around their crisis, which has already seen five home defeats in all competition.

“After a seven-year moment of glory, now we are going through difficulties due to many reasons, from the change of management to injuries and matches that just didn’t go our way,” the captain told Radio 105.

“It’s part of the game, so we cannot do more than work hard. We want to give so much to our fans and they expect a lot from us, but have also understood there are problems and, like us, are confident things will change.”

Coach Claudio Ranieri tried to draw a line in the sand for supporters and media by pointing out the Treble-winning side no longer exists.

“Ranieri has understood how Inter works and is doing a great job. In 2010 we did something that nobody in Italy had ever done before,” continued Zanetti. “Now there is another team that is having some difficulties, but doing everything possible to overcome them.

“I’m particularly disappointed for Diego Milito, as he works so hard and does great things, but the final ball just isn’t going for him at the moment. The same goes for Giampaolo Pazzini. They realise these moments can happen to all strikers and it doesn’t take much to change it.

“I feel sorry for the young players like Ricky Alvarez, Philippe Coutinho and Jonathan who arrived at Inter during a difficult time. If they had come here two years ago, they might’ve settled in quicker. We’ve got to have patience and put our faith in them.”