x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Claudio Ranieri vows to restore the real Inter Milan

Former Roma coach signs two-year deal at the club who had not won in five games under the former coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

ROME // Claudio Ranieri, who was today officially named the new coach of Inter Milan, said his aim is to get the team back to playing their best again following their disastrous start under Gian Piero Gasperini.

Ranieri was speaking on a TV programme in the early hours of this morning before being official unveiled as Inter's new coach, signing a two-year deal until June 2013.

Now officially installed, Ranieri believes he can turn their fortunes around.

"Gasperini wanted to bring his own ideas [namely a back three], he tried to make it work at all costs and he didn't succeed," Ranieri told the Domenica Sportiva programme on Rai TV.

"I will try to get this team back to playing with all their force, as they used to know how."

Inter have lost four and drawn one of their five official matches this season and sit in the bottom three in Serie A, just 16 months after winning the Champions League.

Gasperini paid for that start when he was unceremoniously dismissed yesterday less than three months into the job.

"Gasperini didn't mess up, he has his footballing ideas. You have to congratulate him because he tried everything with his ideas."

Ranieri now intends talking with the players to try to find out what when wrong.

"Inter are a great team, they've had a false start. I need to speak with the whole squad to understand why," he said. "But I have to bring enthusiasm and change course because this team has everything necessary to turn it around.

"I don't like promising that we will win this or that but I believe the lads still have a lot to give and they must prove that."

Ranieri is no stranger to this situation having taken over the reins at Roma two years ago in a similar position.

Roma had lost their opening two games of the season, after which Luciano Spalletti walked out and Ranieri took over, just a few months after he was fired by Juventus.

Although Roma initially struggled under him, he managed to take them on a 23-match unbeaten run which sent them top with four matches remaining.

However, a home defeat by Sampdoria let Jose Mourinho's Inter reclaim top spot and Ranieri's Roma had to settle for second place.

He believes that experience will help him resurrect this Inter side.

"That was an amazing ride, it was an exhilarating comeback. I'm very much a fatalist, we dreamed but it was written that we wouldn't manage it," he said.

Although he has coached some of the biggest teams in Italy, Spain and England, Ranieri has always been the nearly man.

Dubbed the "Tinkerman" by the British press for his constant chopping and changing of the Chelsea team, Ranieri's only trophies are an Italian Cup with Fiorentina in 1996 and a Spanish Cup with Valencia three years later.

He also coached Napoli, Atletico Madrid, Parma and Juventus.

His first match in charge will be against Bologna in Serie A on Saturday before travelling to Moscow in midweek to tackle CSKA in the Champions League.

"Everyone at Inter Milan has the pleasure to welcome Claudio Ranieri and his staff and wish them well," said an Inter statement.