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Feb 20, 2012

Ranieri hopeful over Inter future

Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri feels he still has the full backing of club president Massimo Moratti and his players despite the team's dismal run of form.

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Friday's 3-0 loss to Bologna was Inter's third consecutive defeat and their fourth in five league games.

"I've never felt detached from the club or president Moratti," Ranieri told the club's official website. "In fact, I feel a bond with him, with [sporting director] Marco Branca, and with all the staff.

"There is no division in the dressing room. We are all working like mad because when results are not good, you have to work doubly hard."

Inter's five-match winless run in the league has seen them plummet to seventh place in Serie A, 14 points behind leaders AC Milan.

"We need to be honest - we are not having a good season," Ranieri said. "When I arrived at Inter we won seven consecutive games before we lost our way. We need to rediscover the humility to return to do well."

Ranieri hopes Wednesday's Champions League last-16 first leg tie at Marseille could mark a turning point for his struggling side.

"We now face Marseille knowing that we can recover and end the season in the best possible way," he said. "We need to react against adversity.

"I've told my players that the real strength of a group is seen when all goes badly and we need to prove that we can deal with difficult times. Deep down, football is nothing but a small metaphor of life."

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