Mancini: No crisis at Inter

Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini has downplayed concerns after his side recorded just one victory this month ahead of their derby clash with AC Milan.

This slump in form saw Inter losing top spot in the Serie A standings, while falling seven points behind pace-setters Juventus.

Speaking ahead of Sunday night’s derby against their Milan neighbours, Mancini was adamant the Nerazzurri’s predicament is nothing less than a brief stumble.

“January is an odd month for everyone because of the transfer market, while it can happen during a season to have a momentary wobble,” the Italian coach said.

“It is a long campaign. We were top of the table until Jan. 6, so we can recover comfortably. There is no crisis. We simply didn’t get the results we deserved.”

Mancini also feels that some questionable decisions have gone against his team, saying: “I have never experienced conceding two or three penalties on home turf in the final minute.

On the Milan tie, Mancini added: “A win would help the team find more confidence and calm, but at the end of the day it is still worth only three points.

“We know AC Milan are in better form right now, but the derby is open to any result.”