Inzaghi: I’m no magician

The Rossoneri coach is certain that they can become one of the best teams in Italy once again, but acknowledged they will need time to do so

Filippo Inzaghi has argued that he cannot simply make all of AC Milan’s problems go away with a wave of a magic wand.

The Rossoneri have only won once in their last seven Serie A games and, as a result, are five points adrift of a Champions League spot.

Milan were defeated by unexpected top-three challengers Genoa last weekend and face a defining clash on Sunday when Rafa Benitez’s Napoli visit San Siro, with the losing coach likely to come under intense pressure ahead of the winter break.

Club legend Inzaghi – who took over from Clarence Seedorf this summer – is convinced that he can restore Milan to their former glory but is nonetheless pleading for time, patience and understanding.

“I hope this is Milan’s moment,” the World Cup winner told media at a Milan-sponsor event. “We have alternated excellent games to others that were not as good.

“I didn’t suggest I had a magic wand. There are many other teams who are also struggling, like Napoli and Inter. Everyone is having trouble.

“It takes patience, but I’m sure we will be great again. We have an essential game on Sunday and we hope to do well.”

Last season, Milan finished outside the top six for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign.