Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri cast doubt over the future of Wesley Sneijder after hooking him in defeat to Lecce.

Sneijder started the match, but he was substituted at half-time for Ricky Alvarez, shelving the 4-3-1-2 system.

"At the moment we are better with the 4-4-2 and this is why I took off Sneijder so we went back to the system we feel is more our own. Sneijder needs to be free to roam and I cannot force him to play out wide.

"He can play in a 4-4-1-1 or a diamond midfield, but at the moment that's not going well for us. I tried that system today, but it didn't bear fruit.

"Now we are three points off the Champions League places and that has to be our objective. The team had a great run up until now. It gets difficult because I have to find a way of introducing Diego Forlan and Sneijder, who can give us a step up in terms of quality."