Mancini: Inter can qualify for Champions League

The Nerazzurri are still some way of the pace in Serie A but the former Man City boss is confident they can recover their form and beat the likes of Napoli and Milan to third place

Inter coach Roberto Mancini remains confident that his side can secure Champions League football for next season.

The Nerazzurri, who host Lazio on Sunday, have won just two out of six matches in all competitions since Mancini replaced Walter Mazzarri at the helm last month and currently sit 11th in Serie A, seven points behind third-placed Napoli.

However, the former Manchester City boss has not given up hope on Inter qualifying for the Champions League.

“There’s still a long way to go in Serie A and I think we’ll be in the mix for third place,” the former Lazio boss told reporters on the eve of the Biancocelesti’s visit to San Siro.

“But we mustn’t look at the table for now; just keep on putting points on the board. All the sides above us are battling for third place.

“We need to put together a run of good results and a win [against Lazio] would be a boost for our self-esteem.

“The lads are looking good, too. We just have to make sure we keep improving. It’s always better after a win.

“We’ve lost two games so far, so I can’t be happy. But I’m pleased with the atmosphere around the team.”

Mancini has also been buoyed by the fact that midfielder Hernanes is set to return to action against his former club, after recovering from a leg injury.

“He is better now and trained with the team all week,” the Nerazzurri coach added. “He’ll start on the bench and could play.”

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