Gasperini: No Inter revolt
Under-pressure Inter Milan coach Gian Piero Gasperini is confident there is no "revolt" brewing in the ranks despite the club's poor start to the season.
Inter, treble-winning European champions just 16 months ago, suffered their fourth defeat in five games with a shock 3-1 reverse at newly-promoted Novara last night. Gasperini's side are winless in Serie A, with just one point from their first three games, and could drop to the foot of the table after the remaining midweek fixtures are played.
I Nerazzurri's UEFA Champions League campaign also kicked off with a home loss to unfancied Trabzonspor, and the patience of the Inter hierarchy is wearing thin, with president Massimo Moratti questioning Gasperini's leadership after last night's loss. Moratti told journalists: "Gasperini didn't have control of the match? It really seems to me that he didn't, but let's sleep on it."
Gasperini, who only took charge of the club in June as Leonardo's replacement, has hit back at speculation he might not be in charge for Saturday's trip to Bologna, insisting the blame for the poor performances cannot be put entirely at his door.
"Moratti has declared that I don't have the support of the players? The harmony of the group is very good," Gasperini told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "If the problem is the coach, then it has an easy solution. If instead, as I believe, the problem is another one, then we must resolve it through work."
The 53-year-old added on the club website: "The relationship with the players is great, more than professional, and there's no revolt going on. I will say what I think directly to the president and the directors. However, I still believe that this team must live less in the past and more in the present, in the situation that we are in today.
"There's no need to reset everything, but to recognise the reality of the latest performances. It's necessary to reach a greater consistency, regardless of the formations and the coach."
Novara's win was their first in the top flight in 55 years, having secured promotion back to Serie A last season, Riccardo Meggiorini put the home side in front in the 38th minute before a penalty from Marco Rigoni four minutes from the end gave them a two-goal cushion with the Nerazzurri reduced to 10 men with Andrea Ranocchia sent off.
Esteban Cambiasso pulled a goal back for Inter in the last minute, but Rigoni completed the scoring in stoppage time. "This match was certainly a kick in the teeth, but I have to think of doing my job," Gasperini continued. "I'm serious about my work, which has given me much satisfaction in the past, and now it is putting me to the test. But I have to work in order to resolve this situation."
Inter's weekend clash with Bologna is followed four days later by their second Champions League Group A outing against CSKA Moscow in Russia.