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UEFA Champions League: Inter Milan prepare to host Marseille

03-14-2012 13:59 BJT

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Inter Milan manager Claudio Ranieri was moved to tears when he saw his squad end a nine-match winless streak on Friday. He's hoping Inter will continue to ride the wave in its upcoming matchup against Marseillie Tuesday.

The French club walks into the San Siro with a 1-0 lead from the first leg in their UEFA Champions League tie.

Inter have endured an up and down season, with Claudio Ranieri coming in part way during the season to replace Gian Piero Gasperini in September, and there had been speculation recently that Ranieri could be on his way out, too. But Inter ended a nine game winless run with a 2-0 triumph at Chievo on Friday - and will be aiming to ease the pressure on Ranieri.

Claudio Ranieri, Inter Milan Coach, said, "My future is not important, I am part of Inter this year and next year so I don't see why my future should change tomorrow."

While defender Cristian Chivu is suspended, Inter are in relative good health and Milito is likely to partner Giampaolo Pazzini in attack against Marseille, with Diego Forlan providing another option. Playmaker Wesley Sneijder is nearing 100 per cent fitness after missing two months with a right leg muscle injury and Samuel and Lucio form a solid pairing in central defence.

Claudio Ranieri said, "We will try and score goals without letting them score. We know how dangerous Marseille can be, we know they are quick in counter-attack. In the Champions League, Marseilles have more points away than at home. So we know all about Marseille, we know their weak and strong points and it will be a real good test. The first half will be more important than the second. We need to be concentrated and determined to find this victory without letting them score."

Inter, the 2010 winners of this competition under Jose Mourinho, are aiming for a third successive quarter-final appearance.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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