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Thursday 16 August 2018

Inter can march past Marseille - Milito

INTER MILAN striker Diego Milito is confident his team can ease pressure on boss Claudio Ranieri by progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League tonight.

Despite the backing of Inter president Massimo Moratti, Ranieri's position has become uncertain following a poor run of results.

Andre Ayew's late winner in the 1-0 defeat at Marseille a fortnight ago came in the middle of a nine-game winless run that was finally ended with a 2-0 victory at Chievo on Friday night.

Milito scored in added time to seal the win and the Argentine believes the overdue success will inspire them to turn around the deficit against a Marseille side who are also struggling.

"We're convinced we can overturn the result.

"We played very well in the first leg and didn't deserve to lose," he said.

"We're sure we can still do well in the Champions League. If we get through this round we'll be among the top eight teams in Europe.

"Tonight's match is massive and we're desperate to do well.

"And after that we'll have everything to play for -- this team have already shown they're capable of going all the way."

Moratti offered Ranieri his full backing after the win at Chievo, although an early Champions League exit could test his patience.

"It's not easy for a coach to read in the papers every day that there's a new coach coming in to replace him," Moratti said.

"Ranieri is professional, he's getting on with his job and he has my complete support in this difficult time that he's experiencing and that we're trying to get through."

Despite Ranieri's problems his opposite number, Didier Deschamps, is under just as much pressure.

Since beating Inter, Marseille have lost their past four league games to slip to eighth in the Ligue 1 table.

A 1-0 reverse at relegation-threatened Ajaccio at the weekend was only sweetened by the return of star striker Loic Remy from injury.

The France international is set to start at the San Siro tonight and fellow attacker Mathieu Valbuena believes he could help claim a win to turn their season around.

"If we are fortunate enough to qualify for the quarter-finals, it will give us the confidence and serenity for the rest of the season," he said. "If we can get through this it will be huge."

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