Inter `truly mine`, says under-fire Walter Mazzarri
Under-fire coach Walter Mazzarri insisted he has the support of the Inter Milan dressing room amid reports that this week could prove decisive for his future.
Milan: Under-fire coach Walter Mazzarri insisted he has the support of the Inter Milan dressing room amid reports that this week could prove decisive for his future.
"This is a united squad full of good players. This team feels truly mine," said the 53-year-old Mazzarri.
Inter snatched only their fourth win in nine games on Wednesday when Mauro Icardi`s late penalty secured the points at the San Siro against previously unbeaten Sampdoria.
Having dropped to just above mid-table, 10 points adrift of Juventus, Inter are now in eighth spot and seven points behind the leaders following the Bianconeri`s shock 1-0 defeat away to Genoa.
A shaky performance saw striker Rodrigo Palacio miss several clear chances and Inter were whistled off the park at half-time, but Mazzarri added: "I think we put in a great performance in terms of the football we played.
"We`ve beaten a side that hadn`t lost this season. The only downside is that we couldn`t capitalise on our chances. But at the end of the day, we took all three points."
Asked about the whistling at half-time, Mazzarri said: "I didn`t hear them. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I prefer to let my team and our points tally do the talking."
Club owner and president Erick Thohir earlier this week played down reports Mazzarri`s future could be decided by the end of the current week, in which Inter faced Cesena, Sampdoria and Parma.
Having won the first two games, a third win in succession -- away to a Parma side propping up the Serie A table -- this weekend would help reinforce Mazzarri`s position.
"We have seven points from (the past) three games and we need to continue like this," Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic told Inter Channel.
"Personally, I need to improve my shooting but Mazzarri and his coaching staff are helping a lot.
"The manager is relaxed. We`ve had a tough couple of weeks with a match every three days. Now we have to look ahead to Parma."