Inter's Julio Cesar after Olympique de Marseille loss: I have never been in such a tough situation before

The Brazil international has conceded that the struggles the Nerazzurri are currently going through is a new experience for him, but urged his team-mates to salvage the season
Inter goalkeeper Julio Cesar has voiced his frustration with his side's ongoing downfall in the wake of their 1-0 Champions League round of 16 first-leg loss away to Olympique de Marseille on Wednesday evening.

The Nerazzurri have drawn one of their last seven competitive games, while losing the remaining six, and Julio Cesar has admitted that he has never endured such a troublesome period before.

"This is the first time I've found myself in a situation as tough as this. I've never known anything like it since I joined Inter. We need to show a lot of character, a lot of strength to come through it," the 32-year-old stated on the official Inter website.

"You get moments like this in life and you need to maintain confidence in your own ability to get going again, without forgetting all the good things that you've done. We must get ourselves out of this by sticking together, through hard work.

"And if we look on the bright side, even after all these defeats we can still get third place [in Serie A]; that's the minimum obligation for us. The same goes in the Champions League: we have 90 minutes available and we hope to go through."

Inter will be looking to return to winning ways in the away game against Napoli on Sunday.