Inter's Ranieri denies he is in last chance saloon

03 March 2012 05:17

Embattled Inter Milan coach Claudion Ranieri denied Saturday he was in the proverbial last chance saloon as his side prepared to end a dreadful run of seven defeats and a draw with a win over Catania on Sunday.

"I don't see them the game against Catania as my last chance," former Chelsea and Roma boss Ranieri insisted.

"The club has total confidence in me. I am determined. I don't feel I am under the microscope as the situation was more critical when I arrived than it is now," he vowed.

The Nerazzurri' poor run has seen them eliminated from the Italian Cup and slide to seventh in Serie A, nine points off a Champions League qualifying berth.

They also have to overturn a 1-0 deficit in their March 13 last 16 Champions League second leg clash with Marseille - which could in itself comprise the real last chance for Ranieri.

Ranieri added he would likely leave out Dutch star Wesley Sneijder, struggling to find his form, against Catania.

"It's not accurate to say Sneijder is a problem - but he is not having his best year and you have to deal with that in a certain way," Ranieri explained.

Source: AFP