Sunday March 11 2012
Moratti: 'Excessive Inter criticism'

Massimo Moratti believes there has been excessive criticism of his Inter side after they ended their two-month drought.

The Nerazzurri were without a victory since January, but the 2-0 win away to Chievo on Friday came on the week of the club’s 104th anniversary.

“It was a good way to celebrate, especially as Chievo’s ground is traditionally difficult to pick up points in,” the President told Rai Sport.

“It was good to win, even if the success came at the end, but had we scored that early penalty then we would’ve been less anxious.

“In any case, they played a good first half and had a certain confidence in the second, so this bodes well for the game with Marseille.”

On Tuesday Inter must overturn a 1-0 first leg defeat in the Champions League knockouts.

“The important thing is that at the end of the day we win, by any means necessary and in any style. I expect the players are really feeling the lead-up to this game, but in a positive way and not excessively emotional.”

Moratti was asked whether he should be harsher on demanding more from the 10 remaining players from the historic Treble campaign.

“They know full well that they want to prove with pride who they are. They are greatly loved by the Inter fans, then of course everyone has moments of better or worse form.

“As for those who want to find the problem, this leads to treating some players worse than they deserve to be. I imagine they have the hunger, pride and the talent to do better.

“I don’t know why there is so much criticism, but in the history of Italian football, which we all know, Inter were never the most loved club... We were never the media darlings, so it’s possible a downturn in form draws more criticism than others, but it won’t cause a problem for us.

“Do I get angry about this? No, you get angry when you read it, but then it immediately washes over you.”

Finally, Moratti was asked whether he still wanted to be President, especially after the insulting banners from Inter fans.

“Well, more than anything else we must understand whether others want me to stay... because that is another matter.”

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