Ranieri pleased with Inter mentality

Updated: 28 November 2011 10:20 IST

Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri was pleased with his team's determination and fighting spirit after they secured a dramatic late victory away to Siena on Sunday.

Ranieri pleased with Inter mentality

Rome:

Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri was pleased with his team's determination and fighting spirit after they secured a dramatic late victory away to Siena on Sunday.

Dutch teenager Luc Castaignos came off the bench to turn smartly on the edge of the area and squeeze a low shot inside the post a minute from time to secure a 1-0 win.

That gave Inter successive league victories for the first time this season and it is that sort of never-say-die spirit that Ranieri wants to see from his team if they are to drag themselves back into the Champions League picture.

"We knew that we would have to come here and be humble, to fight and suffer," said Ranieri.

"I was tense because winning here isn't easy. I don't know if this win will relaunch our title bid but for us every game is like a final.

"We have to try mentally and actually to always win. It won't be easy but that's the mentality we'll need and the objective we're giving ourselves.

"Siena are a good side who always beat Juve (when Ranieri coached Juve) or at least scored at home, they always did well.

"We were too slow in the first half but it's not easy playing against a team that keeps everything tight in the last third and then counters.

"I'm happy for the lads because they believed right to the end and we've taken three points which is the most important thing."

Despite the win, Inter are still down in 15th and a long way off league leaders Juventus.

And Ranieri believes the fact that his players have won so much in recent years has left them a little less hungry that their traditional rivals.

"On the one hand there's a team that's won everything and on the other there's one that wants to start winning and which has spent a lot of money and signed players who want to be up there," said Ranieri.

"They have the character of those who want to be contenders. Here we had the change of coach."

The former Chelsea and Valencia boss also admitted that his side may have to temper their ultimate ambitions this season.

"Qualifying for the Champions League is one of our ambitions, even if what we really want is to win the title," he added.

"But it also depends on who's ahead of us so we're thinking about one game at a time.

"We didn't concede and that's a reason to be satisfied, we have to continue like that."

Topics : Football Inter Milan
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