The international break may be coming at the right time for Inter Milan as they seek answers amid a six-game winless run in all competitions.
Inter fell to a 1-0 defeat at Sampdoria on Sunday despite playing well for much of the contest, and the result has left them tenth in the Italian Serie A standings. The defeat came on the back of a 2-1 home loss to Wolfsburg which put them out of the UEFA Europa League.
“It has been a difficult month and I’m not happy with the results,” Inter coach Roberto Mancini told his club’s official website. “We need to try to overcome this tricky period and get back to winning ways. I can’t say much to my players because I’m happy with our performance (at Sampdoria). It’s hard to explain how we lost a game that we deserved to win. We were pulling the strings and one free-kick changed the game.”
Mancini is reportedly under pressure from the club’s owners to deliver European football next season, but they sit ten points adrift of fifth-placed Napoli and with it all to do over the remaining weeks of the season.
“There are ten matches to play and we have to continue to play as we did against Samp,” Mancini said. “We have to continue to work and come out of this situation.”
Mancini, who took over from Walter Mazzari in November for a second stint at the club, says fans need to be patient.
“I’m a coach and I accept criticism,” the former Manchester City manager said. “(But) I believe projects go beyond three or four months and I’m in charge of a team that finished sixth, ninth and fifth in the last three seasons.
“You need to consider the work we’ve done in a larger context. I’ve been coaching for a number of years and I know how to deal with criticism when it comes.” Inter host crisis-hit Parma, dead last in Serie A, on 4 April when Serie A resumes.