Inter men stand by Leonardo

Critics take aim at Inter coach

Zanetti: Urging fans to look at the bigger picture after poor results

Inter Milan's players have jumped to the defence of coach Leonardo after two high-profile defeats.

The Brazilian has found himself under fire after a potentially season-ending few days, with Inter suffering succesive losses to AC Milan and Schalke.

A 3-0 loss to their bitter local rivals sees Inter now five points off the Serie A lead, a position made worse by a humiliating 5-2 home defeat at the hands of Schalke in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

With hopes of progressing into the semi-finals now looking in tatters, Leonardo has come in for harsh criticism from both fans and the media in Italy.

Yet despite the backlash, Inter captain Javier Zanetti is adamant that he is still the man for the job.

"He's a real man, he's an amazing person in every sense. He believes in us and we believe in him," said the Argentinean.

"Since he came here we've been reborn and I believe he should stay here because we like him."

Expectations

Zanetti also hit out at the team's critics following their European defeat on Tuesday night.

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The 37-year-old believes that the detractors are not looking at the bigger picture after years of good results.

"We all feel bitter about the defeats to Milan and Schalke but this team has done nothing but win for the last six years and I think some people were just waiting for the first difficulty to start criticising," he told Inter Channel.

"But we know how things work and luckily we'll rise above certain things. I'd be surprised if people only said good things, that would be something to worry about.

"Inter fans shouldn't listen to the critics, they have to use their own heads to analyse everything that's been said and written about Inter these last few days.

"We players know that when you win you're great and when you lose you're nothing.

"The true Inter fan however, knows that the team cares and from this point of view I've got nothing to reproach our fans about."

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