Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has offered his sympathy to Inter as the Italian giants go through a rough patch this season.
The 48-year-old, who won the treble in the second of his two-year stay at San Siro, expressed that he remains a fan of Inter and empathises with his former club, who have lost four of their first six Serie A matches to start the 2011-12 campaign.
"I don't like this run of results," he said according to La Gazzetta Dello Sport. "I am always behind my former team, my ex-players, my ex-president, and behind the coach.
In spite of their poor run of form, Mourinho feels that Inter will rebound.
"I remain optimistic. They could get one, two, three, four or five bad results, but I will continue to believe they will turn it around as early as the next game."
Mourinho also scuppered rumours of Marco Branca leaving his post as Inter sporting director to join him in Madrid.
"I know him very well, we're friends," Mourinho said. "We worked very well together at Inter and I like his way of doing things. He is a great professional, but it will not happen."
The Portuguese coach feels that there is no need to bring in Branca given his satisfaction with the staff at Real Madrid.
"We are so happy here [at Real Madrid]. Here we have people who have professional attributes similar to his. Not identical, but similar. People of great ability. We are super satisfied with what we have right now."
Inter will have a chance to turn around their recent woes when they visit Lille in the Champions League on Tuesday. Mourinho's Real Madrid kick off the same day against Lyon at the Santiago Bernabeu.