Inzaghi retains backing of Inter chief Marotta despite poor run

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Inter chief executive Giuseppe Marotta says coach Simone Inzaghi retains the club's backing despite a poor run of form.

The Nerazzurri have lost two of their past three Serie A matches, falling to defeats against Lazio and Milan, and began their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 reverse against Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

Should Inter suffer another defeat against Torino on Saturday, they will have recorded three defeats from their opening six matches of a league season for just the fourth time in their history, after doing so in 2011-12 (four), 2000-01 and 1983-84 (both three).

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The Italian press reported Inter held an emergency meeting on Thursday as they look to respond to their underwhelming run, but Marotta still has faith in the Nerazzurri coach.

"The mood is that of a healthy realism, every defeat brings with it a more careful analysis of the problems," he said.

"We have a very united staff both at managerial and technical level. From a confrontation, something positive always comes out for the future.

"Inzaghi has a quality squad that he must use in the best possible way, based on the indications of the opponents and the training sessions.

"I think he is doing it in the best way, even if unfortunately the last two games coincided with two defeats.

"But god forbid, he is doing a great job, he knows how to coach and manage the team very well."

However, Marotta did apologise to the Nerazzurri's supporters for recent performances, adding: "We are Inter, and if we want to say one important thing, everyone is more careful, from the management to the technical area and the players.

"When you wear this shirt, you must be honoured, I'm sorry for yesterday's 60,000 and for the 70,000 of other occasions.

"We have an obligation, we have to pay them back in the best possible way and we can only believe these mistakes will serve well for the future."

Inter's midweek defeat to Bayern means they have lost all four of their competitive home games against the Bundesliga giants.

That represents Bayern's best 100 per cent away winning record against any team in European competition, and Marotta acknowledges it is difficult for Serie A outfits to compete with their more monied European peers.

"We know that football in Italy is in the second row in the ranking," he said. "The excessive power of the Premier League, the Bundesliga, LaLiga is evident.

"They are teams with great spending power and great champions. But this is no excuse, we lost against a stronger team, but we have to look for any defects."