Gian Piero Gasperini: 'There has always been a bit of nastiness towards Inter'

The former Genoa trainer is not worried with his current situation, despite the media linking him with an exit, and feels his team will have to react with results on the pitch
Under-fire Inter coach Gian Piero Gasperini has brushed off criticism of his team and insists that the Italian giants will have to respond with a positive result as they take on Novara on Tuesday.

The 18-time Serie A champions have yet to win a match in four competitive appearances this season, and only picked up their first point in Saturday's scoreless draw with Roma. However, the coach is not worried, and feels his team will play well.

"There has always been a bit more criticism and nastiness towards Inter," Gasperini told reporters at a press conference. "But the best way to respond to criticism will be on the pitch.

"The road taken now seems to me the right one, we must continue to demonstrate solidity. However, I believe that in these matches we haven't deserved so few points.

"If an offside had been called in the Champions League the result would have been different. If a penalty had been awarded in Palermo, things probably have been different. And so on..."

Gasperini also commented on the state of his squad, which has been shuffled repeatedly this season.

"That could be the case," he replied when asked whether Giampaolo Pazzini will start against Novara.

"[Wesley] Sneijder, [Cristian] Chivu and [Dejan] Stankovic? They could recover [from injury]. It depends. We'll see in the afternoon," he added. "Maicon? He could start training with the team in the coming days."

Inter and Novara kick off on Tuesday at 20:45 CET at the Stadio Silvio Piola.