Rafael Benitez admits Inter Milan position is 'critical'

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Internazionale head coach Rafael Benitez has called on the club to show a united front after they lost 2-1 at Serie A rivals Chievo on Sunday.

The reigning champions are now five games without a win in all competition and, following their most recent setback, they now trail leaders and city rivals AC Milan by nine points.

Supporters are calling for the former Valencia and Liverpool manager to be sacked, but the Spaniard insists he still has the support of president Massimo Moratti and sporting director Marco Branca.

"We know the situation is critical with AC Milan now nine points clear of us," he said.

"I have spoken to Moratti and to Branca. We all need to be united. We are all in agreement that Inter has to win these type of games because we are a strong side.

"Is my job at risk? I am a professional, with so many years of experience.

"Do I feel I still have the president's trust 100 per cent? Yes I do. If we win on Wednesday (against FC Twente) in the Champions League all will change.

"We know that the only way we can turn things around is to work harder."