Inter Milan midfielder Hernanes believes his side’s upcoming run of tricky fixtures will act as the “moment of truth” in their season.
The Nerazzurri have been plagued by inconsistency so far this term, costing manager Walter Mazzarri his job in November and his replacement Roberto Mancini is still to decide on his best team, trying out a number of different approaches.
However, Sunday’s 3-0 win over Palermo saw them move back into the top 10 in the table and they have another winnable game away at Atalanta on Sunday.
Inter will then turn their attentions to the first leg of their Europa League last-32 tie with Celtic away in Glasgow, a match they are currently 2.31 to win, with the draw priced at 3.16 and the Bhoys 3.02.
After that they meet Cagliari and Fiorentina, as well as playing their return clash against Ronny Deila’s men meaning, Mancini’s side have the chance to build their momentum as they aim to close the current five-point gap between themselves and the European spots.
Brazil international Hernanes says the squad are starting to feed off the positivity brought to the club by their new manager and the 29-year-old believes the upcoming run of games will prove crucial to their chances of success this season.
“I feel the confidence of Mancini,” he said. “The important thing is to move on as a team from this period in which we were not getting results.
“No matter who plays, whoever is on the field must do better. Now it’s time to get down to work. This is the moment of truth and we can’t afford any more mistakes.”