Ranieri: Inter focus is on Lille

Inter have made their worst start to a Serie A season in 28 years.

The Nerazzurri will therefore be looking for a much-needed

confidence-boosting win against Lille after losing four of their

opening six league games. “We have to remain united and continue to

work hard,” said Ranieri, whose side finished the weekend eight

points behind league leaders Juventus after going down 2-1 at

Catania on Saturday. He continued on Inter’s website: “No-one is

happy and we must react to come out of this situation. “Although we

have to take it one step at a time, we need to hurry up and start

to get things right. “My players are disappointed and unhappy, as

am I. “But we have to remain focused and be ready because we face a

very difficult game at Lille.” Inter won 3-2 at CSKA Moscow last

month to climb to second in the pool, one point clear of Lille and

one adrift of leaders Trabzonspor. The Italian side will have to

tighten up at the back if they are to clinch their second win in

Europe this season. Ranieri’s side have the worst defensive record

in Serie A, having conceded 13 goals in six games. To complicate

matters for Ranieri, he will be without injured defender Walter

Samuel, who sustained a thigh strain at the weekend. However, Inter

will be bolstered by the return of Julio Cesar, Cristian Chivu,

Joel Obi and Wesley Sneijder. All four players missed the clash at

Catania through either injury or suspension but all are expected to

start on Tuesday. In contrast to Inter, Lille won 3-1 at Auxerre on

Saturday to extend their unbeaten run in Ligue 1 to eight games.

The result lifted Rudi Garcia’s side to fourth in the standings,

four points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain. “We could not have

asked for a better result at Auxerre in order to prepare for our

game against Inter,” Garcia said on Lille’s website. “Auxerre had

been playing well and had not lost at home this season until now.

“Our performance and the win has given my players confidence but

it’s also a great result for the team. “We now hope to get our

first victory in the Champions League this season.” Les Dogues were

held to draws by CSKA Moscow and Trabzonspor in their opening two

group games.