Zanetti backs Cuper and team
By Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Internazionale captain Javier Zanetti believes the side will bounce back and prove all their critics wrong.
The knives have been out for Inter coach Hector Cuper following the derby defeat to city rivals Milan two weeks ago, but Zanetti has backed his fellow countryman.
Former Inter star Luigi Di Biagio has slammed Cuper's treatment of him and his man-management style, but Zanetti has jumped to the defence of Cuper.
"I got very upset with all the things that Di Biagio said because during the four years that he was here with us at Inter, he always played," said Zanetti.
"This Saturday, we will see him and we will make things clear."
Inter have picked up just two points from their last three games and Zanetti insists the pressure is on.
"This is the time for us to dig deep," added Zanetti. "We must illustrate that we are that side that people have appreciated at times.
"The international break has helped us, even if we have three important games coming up (Brescia, Lokomotiv Moscow and Roma).
"This is a crucial stage of the season for us. We are five points behind the leaders and we can't afford to lose further ground.
"This should act as a stimulus to us. All games will be important to us from now on."