Pressure builds for Rafa at Inter

BY foxsports • November 23, 2010

Inter Milan coach Rafael Benitez has been given a vote of confidence by Massimo Moratti, although he says the Nerazzurri "must beat" FC Twente.

The Nerazzurri currently trail Serie A leaders and rivals AC Milan by nine points following a shock defeat to Chievo at the weekend, which was their fifth consecutive outing without a victory.

It has been a difficult start for Benitez at the San Siro following his switch from Liverpool in the summer, and the Spanish tactician has had to deal with an injury list including key players Maicon, Wesley Sneijder, Walter Samuel and Esteban Cambiasso.

Inter need just a point against Twente on Wednesday to qualify for the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and while Moratti is backing Benitez, he says they must beat their Dutch opponents in midweek.

"Benitez has my faith but we must try to get a good result because it is rather important," he said.

"The coach and the squad must understand that Wednesday's game is very important.

"Tired or otherwise, the game absolutely needs to be played with anger because otherwise we will not get anywhere.

"In situations like this, the most important thing is patience. Everything cannot always go well. We just have to hope we start to get a bit of luck.

"I am pleased to have the feeling that the team and the club have certainly not shown a lack of confidence in (Benitez)."

Inter were on the receiving end of a 3-1 humbling at Tottenham when they last took to the field in Europe, but are still in a strong position to advance from Group A.

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