Inter Milan skipper Javier Zanetti says he was unaffected by early season criticism.

Inter ended Juventus' 49-match unbeaten run in Serie A last night.

"Football has moments and last season things went badly, so most of the criticism was aimed at me and Esteban Cambiasso. Maybe it's because we're older. I have always run hard and will continue to do so until I can't do it anymore," shrugged Zanetti.

"The club knows the moment I realise that the team doesn't need me or that I cannot help them, then I will step aside. I am proud to wear the captain's armband and my teammates make me feel important to them."