The San Siro outfit endured a torrid start to the current Serie A campaign which culminated in new manager Gian Piero Gasperini fired after just a few months at the helm and with the club stuck in the relegation zone.
However, the interim appointment of former AS Roma chief Claudio Ranieri has seen an upturn of fortunes for Inter and they now lie in a much respectable fifth spot, just eight points behind joint-leaders Juventus and AC Milan.
"We started the season with a few problems, mainly due to the change in coach and because we had so many important players out injured," Zanetti explained according to an article from La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"But over the past month we've won six out of our seven matches."
"We're on our way up again. We know there's still a long way to go, but we hope to be one of the protagonists until the end of the season. We're still in the race to win three competitions."
"But we know that we need to catch up in Serie A and know it will be tough, as the sides above us are playing extremely well at the moment. But we have faith in our ability."
"Let's not forget that over the past seventy years, this club has won everything that there is to win. The phase we're going through at the moment can be considered normal after such a consistent run."
"We're 100% behind Ranieri: he has clear ideas, and so do we. We do what he asks and hope that we will do well."
Inter legend Zanetti also waded into the Carlos Tevez saga amidst frenetic speculation that hated city rivals AC Milan were plotting a bid to snag the Manchester City striker to the San Siro.
"Milan only want to sign Tevez? I know Carlitos well. He's a true champion," Zanetti added.
"He hasn't been playing much recently, but it's only normal that a big club such as Milan wants to sign a player of his ability."
Compatriot Milito, whose double against Bayern Munich helped Inter clinch the Champions League crown during the 2009/2010 campaign, is confident that the club will continue their late 2011 momentum.
"We're happy to have ended 2011 in the best possible way, with 4 wins. We're happy, but know there's still a lot of work to do and hope that 2012 will be better," he commented.
"I also ended the year well. I feel in good shape. The important thing is to start off on the right foot again."
"We have to play a lot of games in the first weeks of the year. The transfer market? I'm convinced we have a big enough squad to be able to fight on all three competitions we're involved in."