Sunday March 4 2012
Ranieri: 'I hope to stay'

Claudio Ranieri is adamant he does “not run away when faced with difficulties. I hope to stay and the important thing is Inter.”

The Coach acknowledges his position is not necessarily strengthened by tonight’s 2-2 draw with Catania, as they were trailing 2-0 until a late comeback from Diego Forlan and Diego Milito.

“At the first opportunity, yet again, our opponents scored a goal and the moment we get a fright, the team lacks determination,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“We started well and then fell off the pace after Catania’s goal. I have great champions who in the locker room looked each other in the eyes and came out with a great reaction.”

Ranieri took a big risk for this match by dropping Wesley Sneijder, although he came off the bench in the second half.

“Sneijder is a champion, so it’s only natural we are called upon to talk about him all the time, but he needs to be given time. He is finding himself again and can help us in future.

“Forlan was decisive despite it being his first time playing wide left, while Milito needs to play in a position suited to his characteristics.”

However, when asked about his own future, Ranieri was considerably less convincing than he has been in past weeks.

“My position? The important thing is Inter. I just try to do my best for the team. The response was an important one and we finally managed to get a goal, which we’d been missing for a long time.

“This side does not give up and that is important. I do not run away when faced with difficulties. This is a strange year after so much success, so we have to plan and see which players can be useful for the team.

“I have a two-year contract and hope to stay. I just focus on working as best I can. It’s not a simple case, but I believe.

“Can we get third place? Let’s first of all concentrate on earning a victory, as already today we achieved something very impressive.”