AC Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini says the current predicament at the club is the "toughest moment" he has experienced in his 17-year spell at the San Siro.
Milan have suffered a woeful time this season as they sit 15th in Serie A, with just seven points from eight games.
Massimiliano Allegri's side have won just two league games, leading to calls for the manager's sacking.
Despite the problems, Ambrosini, 35, is confident in his team's ability and believes they are good enough to get out of trouble.
"This is the toughest moment I have experienced at Milan but it mustn't frighten us too much," he said. "We must be concerned and be self-critical, but also have faith in our abilities and restart from there.
"It is only normal that at a time like this there will be a sense of worry in the locker room, but we need the strength to analyse what is happening and where we went wrong on an individual level.
"We've got to have faith in our team-mates and the coach. Victories help self-confidence to grow and this team really needs it. At this moment each of us are asked to look within ourselves and find that little bit more. We can emerge from this situation together."
Ambrosini also made a point of thanking the fans who have stood by the team in light of the recent problems.
"The fans have been wonderful," he said. "They always showed how much they care about the jersey and are proving it even more now that the results are not arriving. They confirmed that yesterday and we are grateful to them."
Milan turn their attention to the Champions League on Wednesday for their trip to Group C leaders Malaga, who they trail by two points.