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Veteran Argentine has asked the fans for their support after the Italian giants went down to Parma in Serie A on Saturday evening

Inter captain Javier Zanetti is not ready to relinquish their charge for the Serie A title yet and believes that they still have the chance to rescue their season.

Last week the defending Italian and European champions were knocked out of the Champions League from the quarter-final stage by German club Schalke and on Saturday evening suffered a 2-0 away defeat to Parma in Serie A.

The loss at the Ennio Tardini means that Leonardo’s side are now eight points behind league leaders Milan in third place with just five more rounds of matches left.

However, Zanetti is not giving up hope and is quoted as saying by Inter’s official website: "We have to face these last five league matches with the utmost commitment, re-finding the necessary strength. Then we have two semi-final matches in the Coppa Italia [against Roma] that are very important.”

Inter have lacked the winning grit and defensive steel this campaign but the veteran Argentine full-back insists that the players have the same quality that they showed last season under coach Jose Mourinho.

"I don't think that anyone can discuss the quality of this group, in either victory or defeat,” said the 37-year-old. “We have to try, as always, to stay outside of the criticism that will come, to remain united like we've always been.”

Zanetti also asked the fans to continue to support them and stated: “Furthermore, we want to thank our fans, who have always been there supporting us.

“To win what we've won everything functioned together, the team, the club and the fans. It must continue to work that way, even in difficult times.”

The first-leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final tie between Roma and Inter takes place in the Italian capital on Tuesday.

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