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Coach Rafael Benitez refused to throw in the towel following Inter’s disastrous defeat to Chievo.

As Inter fell to a second consecutive loss following a shock 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chievo, coach Rafael Benitez refused to signal the alarm bells as the Italian champions slipped to nine points off the pace at the top of the standings.

“After a defeat we are never happy,” he declared to SkySport.

“It must be said that my men showed character today however. We were dealt a nasty blow on the counter attack but there were chances to come away with something.

“On a terrible pitch the boys kept plugging away but it simply wasn’t to be.

“Credit must be paid to Chievo who played a great game but a side such as Inter needs to win these games, this is football.

“This is not the first time I have been in such a situation and only with hard work can we bounce back. We have a great desire to win and from this we must look to turn the results around starting with the clash against Twente [in the Champions League] on Wednesday.”

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