Wednesday February 8 2012
Pagliuca: Inter need in-form veterans

Inter’s old guard need to find some form if the club are to save their season, says former goalkeeper Gianluca Pagliuca.

The Nerazzurri had put themselves right back in the title race with seven straight Serie A wins, but they’ve picked up just one point from the last nine available.

“The problem at Inter is the average age of the squad and their historical players who are not in form right now,” the 1994 World Cup player told Radio Sportiva.

“I’ll give you some examples – Lucio and Walter Samuel are in a lot of difficulty presently and goalkeeper Julio Cesar has made errors too.

“Inter will have to start again by getting those men back in form – they have to return to what they were before.”

The Beneamata lost 4-0 at Roma on Sunday, a defeat which could threaten the long-term future of boss Claudio Ranieri.

“He still has the Champions League to play for,” continued the former Sampdoria man.

“If they reach the last eight or the semis, and finish third in Serie A, then that would be an OK season and the Coach will be confirmed in the job.”