Former Anfield boss having nightmare start at the San Siro
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Rafa Benitez has played down talk suggesting his future as Inter Milan boss hangs in the balance.
The Spaniard only linked up with the reigning European champions over the summer, inheriting a side which secured an unprecedented Treble under Jose Mourinho last season.
He was always going to struggle to match the achievements of his predecessor, with Inter having flourished over recent years.
Unfortunately for Benitez he already finds his position under threat, with abject performances at home and abroad piling pressure on his shoulders.
Benitez came in for further criticism on Tuesday after Inter squandered the opportunity to top their UEFA Champions League group.
A 3-0 defeat away at Werder Bremen saw them forced to settle for second place in Group A, behind tournament debutants Tottenham Hotspur.
While some have already written off Inter’s hopes of defending their European crown, Benitez claims it would be foolish to read too much into their latest setback as he took the opportunity to shuffle his pack with progression already secured.
“Our aim is clear – it’s the Club World Cup,” he said.
“We saw that was the case against Werder. We played the game having already qualified for the next round.
“The match that was truly important was the one that we won at home to Twente [two weeks ago].
“I played the youngsters at Werder and I believe that was the positive aspect of the game as we didn’t want to risk losing a player to injury.” (Sky Sports)
So what Rafa is saying is that finishing top of his Champions League group was less important than the FIFA World Club Cup? A competition that no one gives a damn about? I doubt Inter Milan supporters are even bothered about that pointless tournament and the pressure continues to grow on the former Liverpool boss who has had an awful start as Inter Milan boss.
Somehow the Spaniard has taken a treble winning side and made them look very ordinary. Remember we are talking about a club that has won the Serie A title five years on the bounce and Inter Milan are currently sitting in fifth place a full ten points behind arch rivals AC Milan.
There must be a very real chance that Massimo Moratti will swing the axe the moment it becomes clear that Benitez has steered the Nerazzurri away from any significant silverware.
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