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UEFA Champions League

  • 13 March 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milano
  • Referee: Pedro Proença
  • • Attendance: 62632

Aggregate 2 - 2 Olympique Marseille win on away goals

Inter - Olympique de Marseille Preview: Hosts must overcome first-leg deficit to reach quarter-finals for the third season in a row

Claudio Ranieri's men entertain the Ligue 1 giants for a place in the last eight of the competition, with the visitors taking a slender 1-0 advantage to the Giuseppe Meazza



Julio Cesar
Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Nagatomo
Zanetti, Stankovic, Cambiasso
Milito, Forlan

Azpilicueta, Diawara, Nkoulou, Morel
Diarra, Cheyrou
Amalfitano, Valbuena, Ayew

Inter boss Claudio Ranieri will be without Cristian Chivu, who will serve a one match ban after incurring a third yellow card of the campaign in the 1-0 defeat to the French side three weeks ago. Joining the 31-year-old on the sidelines is Andrea Ranocchia, whose muscle injury sees him unavailable for the next week at least.

Brazilian right-back Maicon recovered from a knee injury sustained in the first-leg clash at Stade Velodrome to feature in the full 90 minutes of Friday's 2-0 win over Chievo, and is expected to line-up against his former manager Didier Deschamps on Tuesday evening.

The Serie A win at Bentegodi represented the Nerazzuri's first victory in ten games, and they will need to overcome Andre Ayew's stoppage-time goal if they are to progress to a third consecutive Champions League quarter-final.

Olympique de Marseille welcome back key players Loic Remy and Mathieu Valbuena for the return leg of this last 16 tie. Remy has missed the last three weeks, including the 1-0 win over Ranieri's men on 22 February, with a hamstring injury, but the pair featured in Friday's 1-0 defeat to strugglers Ajaccio. Andre-Pierre Gignac and Andre Ayew have both been named in the squad after overcoming groin and shoulder problems respectively.

Alou Diarra is expected to replace Charles Kabore in midfield, with Souleymane Diawara and Jeremy Morel in line for a first-team return after being rested.

Marseille have lost four straight Ligue 1 games since victory over Inter, and are seeking to qualify for the last eight for the first time since winning the inaugural Champions League in 1993.

  • Inter, winners in 2010, have qualified for the last 16 for the eighth season running. They are also seeking to make the quarter finals for the third straight campaign.
  • The Nerazzuri have won five of their last 11 games at home against Ligue 1 opposition, most recently a 2-1 victory over Lille in the group stage.
  • The aforementioned victory over the French champions is Inter's only home win in the Champions League this season, with Trabzonspor and CSKA Moscow beating the Italians at San Siro.
  • Inter have won 15 out of 28 Champions League ties which they have lost the first leg away from home, including five of the last six.
  • Olympique de Marseille are bidding to reach the last eight for the first time since they won the competition in 1993.
  • The last time the two sides met before this season, L'OM went on to beat Inter 1-0, having secured victory by the same scoreline at home in the 2003-04 UEFA Cup quarter-final.
  • Didier Deschamps (pictured right) did not experience defeat away to Inter as a player.
  • Marseille's record away in Italy reads W1 D4 L2, the most recent a 1-1 draw against AC Milan in the 2009-10 Champions League group stage.

Players to watch

D. Milito

Position: Attacker

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The 32 year old has two goals in his last two games for the Nerazzuri, and has the task to diminish Marseille's resilience on Tuesday evening. 'El Principe' knows all about the pressure of the Champions League, having scored both goals in the 2010 final, and he will be OM's man to mark at the San Siro. Milito is one of the more effective strikers, and with considerable strength, he is more of a match for most defenders. Needs a good game if Inter are to progress.

S. Mandanda

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 0

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The Marseille captain has been one of the best players at Stade Velodrome this season. Mandanda has, on more than one occasion saved his side from defeat with a string of world-class saves to boost his own continental reputation, and nowhere else was this apparent than in the Champions League. The goalkeeper, blessed with immense reflexes and shot-stopping ability notably kept out Diego Forlan in the first leg, and will be looking to thwart the Italians to put OM into their first quarter-final since 1993.

Editor's Prediction

Difficult match to predict, in all honesty. Inter have seemingly turned a corner, whilst Marseille's alarming drop in form since the first leg makes for an intriguing match on Tuesday evening. L'OM showed maturity and composure in the first leg, and whilst Inter are favourites to progress, the visitors still have the luxury of a slender advantage.

No doubt the Nerazzuri will be gunning for a place in the last eight, though with OM a different outfit in Europe, it would be very difficult. A narrow win for the hosts, with the game likely to go the distance in my opinion.

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Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Internazionale Milano INT
FC Internazionale Milano Internazionale
Olympique de Marseille OM
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Top 3 Predictions

FC Internazionale Milano INT
2 - 0
Olympique de Marseille OM
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3 - 0
Olympique de Marseille OM
FC Internazionale Milano INT
3 - 1
Olympique de Marseille OM