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The Colombian has spoken about how players and staff got back to basics after last season's disappointment, while addressing the struggles of striker Mauro Icardi

Inter team manager Ivan Cordoba says he is not concerned by the club's three-match winless streak and is confident the current squad are improving after starting from scratch under coach Walter Mazzarri.

The Giuseppe Meazza side have failed to beat Bologna, Sampdoria and Parma in their last three outings, but Cordoba has insisted that it's only normal they are going through a brief difficult period.

"This team is still improving, as we know. It had to start from the bottom, so it’s normal to have a period like this," the former defender told reporters.

"Obviously the mentality will always be that of taking to the pitch to get the three points. Of course there are opponents looking to do the same and in the last few games the teams we faced did a good job."

Cordoba, 37, also had his say on the situation surrounding striker Mauro Icardi, who has mainly made the headlines this season for his behaviour off the pitch.

"Mauro’s always willing to listen to advice and he’s a lad you can always talk to. However, what we tell him stays between us. It’s something you do face to face.

"But he knows better than anyone what he needs to do. We respect his personal choices, but we can give him a lot of professional advice.

"The club and the coach try to put a kind of shield around the team. So far they’ve done a good job of it."

Icardi has scored two goals in six Serie A appearances so far this term.

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