Benitez: Back me or sack me

Rafael Benitez has urged Inter Milan to back him and strengthen the squad if they want to keep him as coach.

The former Liverpool boss has come under increasing pressure since taking over at the San Siro in the summer, with the European champions currently sitting seventh in the Serie A table, 13 points behind arch-rivals AC Milan with two games in hand.

But, on a more positive note, Benitez saw his side win 3-0 against Africa’s TP Mazembe on Saturday to claim the Club World Cup.

Afterwards, the Spanish tactician issued what amounted to an ultimatum for the club to support him and strengthen the squad – or pay him off.

He said: "There are three possibilities (for the club).

"One, 100 per cent support for the coach and buy four or five players to build a stronger team with competition among the players to be able to carry on winning matches and trophies.

"Two, carry on like this without a project, without planning and go ahead with one person to blame, for the whole season getting to May this way.

"The third is to speak to my agent, reach an agreement if there is not this support. Simple."