Inter manager Rafael Benitez remains confident his position is “solid” despite the club’s recent poor run of form and insists he still has the backing of the club’s owner Massimo Moratti.
Benitez has endured a difficult to life at Inter and having lost Sunday’s derby match to Milan they are now six points behind their city rivals, who sit top of the Serie A table.
Moratti was highly critical of Inter’s performance against Milan, but despite him saying “it would seem difficult to go on like this”, Benitez is confident that does not mean his job is on the line.
“I feel the confidence of the president,” Benitez told Gazzetta dello Sport. “My position is solid. We are all disappointed with the derby defeat, but I am working with Moratti and with (sporting director Marco) Branca with a view to the January market.”
Inter visit Chievo on Sunday before hosting Dutch outfit FC Twente in next week’s Champions League. Their predicament is not helped by the fact that they will play both matches without several key players.
Argentina defender Walter Samuel was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury last week, while last season’s top scorer Diego Milito will be missing for the next two weeks with a thigh problem.
Sulley Muntari, Maicon, Thiago Motta and Joel Chukwuma Obi are also out of action until next month through injury.