Serie A – Benitez ‘calm’ ahead of Korean test
The Spaniard took over from Jose Mourinho in the summer and has come under criticism for a poor run of form that has seen last year’s treble winners slip to seventh in Serie A, 13 points behind leaders and city rivals Milan.
With their FIFA duties in the Middle East meaning they will fall two matches behind the rest of Italy, the Nerazzurri could feasibly be 16 points and nine places off the top come January.
“I’m tranquil, content and have confidence,” said Benitez.
“The good spirit has always been there in the group, even in the most difficult times.”
Club president Massimo Moratti suggested last week that Benitez’s job depended on Inter’s results in the tournament although he has since toned down his stance.
Striker Diego Milito, who has been injured and failed to find the form that brought him Inter’s treble-winning goals last season, echoed Benitez’s sentiments.
“I’m fine, raring to go,” he said. “I’ll do whatever I can so we win.
“If I get to score so much the better but the main thing is to win,” added the Argentine, whose goals clinched the Serie A title, Copa Italia and Champions League at the end of last season for the team then coached by Jose Mourinho.