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Ranocchia buoyed by Mazzarri effect

July 22, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Andrea Ranocchia says new Inter Milan coach Walter Mazzarri is working the players hard - and he expects that to translate into success this season.

Walter Mazzarri
GettyImagesMazzarri is working with his charges ahead of the 2013-14 season.

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Ranocchia and his team-mates are looking to bounce back from a disappointing season after the Nerazzurri finished in ninth place last term.

And with former Napoli coach Mazzarri now pulling the strings, Ranocchia is confident that the 2010 Champions League winners will be able to challenge again.

“We’re looking to do our utmost, preparing ourselves for a great year,” he said. “You can see how enthusiastic the people are. The stadium is always full, and this helps us.”

Mazzarri is working hard on instilling his philosophy and Ranocchia says his message is getting across. He has already held a series of one-on-one talks with all the players, getting to know them individually and explaining what he expects.

“I didn’t know him personally, but Christian Maggio had always spoken highly of him when we were in the national team together,” Ranocchia said in an interview with Sky Sport24.

“He’s turning out to be a really positive note during the start of our training camp, so let’s hope things carry on as well as they have started in these days and that we learn his concepts as quickly as possible.”

One thing Mazzarri cannot do is prevent the problems Inter had last season, Ranocchia said.

“I think the injuries we had definitely played a major role, because we got to the stage where we had only 12 first-teamers and all the rest were from the youth team,” he said. .

“It was inconceivable to do well at that stage, so we’ve got to hope we don’t have so many injuries.”

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