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Old 28-Oct-2011
Harpreet Seehra
Ranieri: Self-esteem comes first

Inter Milan coach believes that restoring the self-esteem of the players is important in order to bring the results back to the club.
Inter Milan have had a torrid start to the season and are currently 16th in the Serie A table with only eight points from eight games played, recording two draws and two wins on the way.
Ranieri took over the club from an under-performing Gian Piero Gasperini in late September, but has brought only two wins in the five league games since, far below the usual title-chasing standards they are used to.
After being held to a 1-1 draw by Atalanta on Wednesday, Ranieri will have a tough fixture against Juventus in the weekend to return the club to winning ways.
The Italian tactician believes that the mental aspect of the players will be crucuial in bringing the club's form back.
He told uefa.com: "When coaching changes happen, above all you need to rewire the players' mentalities because if a coach is replaced things are going badly,
"You need to bring back self-esteem and the lads need to start believing in themselves again and take risks like they used to."
"But you've also got to get them back to playing the sort of football they're used to, which means being very compact as a team, because when I faced Inter as an opponent that was always their strength."
Inter Milan will be banking on home advantage to aid them as they host Juventus at San Siro on Saturday.

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