RANIERI GETS BOOST
Inter Milan manager Claudio Ranieri was handed a major boost ahead of the Champions league encounter with Marseille at the San Siro after his side won 2-0 courtesy of two league goals against Chievo during the weekend.
Inter Milan are coming into the match on the back of a poor run of form, which has seen them score just two goals in their last 10 matches in the league. Despite this poor domestic form, they come into the second leg encounter with Marseille with a slender 1-0 advantage from the first leg.
However, Claudio Ranieri has said that if Inter Milan to progress into the next round, they need to carry all the form they possibly can.
It looks like they will do exactly that after Inter Milan won the league fixture with the Chievo during the weekend in extremely nervous circumstances. Walter Samuel and Diego Milito scored for Inter Milan with few minutes remaining on the clock to give Inter Milan three points. It also helped them to remain in touch with the pack chasing the Champions League positions. Inter Milan have also closed the gap to them and Roma to just one point in the table, while catching Lazio in the third position remains a difficult possibility.
Inter Milan looked extremely dull for 87 min against Chievo, but due to a spectacular solo effort from Walter Samuel, they finally broke the deadlock. Diego Milito soon doubled the advantage for Inter Milan with another effort.
Had Inter Milan not scored in this match as well, then it would have represented their eight match in 10 where they have not scored a single goal. As it is, because of the goals they now have the best Champions League odds of qualifying that they have had since their treble-winning season on 2009/10.
The position of Claudio Ranieri has been under intense scrutiny a few weeks ago, but this result might have just given him the safety barrier to continue with his job.