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Mazzola: Inter are better than Marseille, but Sneijder must prove he is still a top player to win a big deal elsewhere

The two-time European Cup winner believes the Dutchman must do his best to earn a move to another of the world's biggest clubs, but backs the Nerazzurri to beat Marseille

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By Salvatore Landolina & Kris Voakes

Wesley Sneijder must use Inter's Champions League last-16 second leg clash with Olympique de Marseille to prove he is still the great player he once was, club legend Sandro Mazzola has told Goal.com.

With Inter have recently gone nine games without a win, the Dutchman has struggled to reach the heights of 2010, when he was a key figure in the club's historic treble-winning season.

And Mazzola thinks the time is now for Sneijder to regain his top form as he looks to attract the interest of top clubs around the world ahead of his expected summer departure.

"Sneijder will be back to his very best soon," Mazzola told Goal.com. "He knows he must prove he still has what it takes at the highest levels, otherwise those clubs interested in him will not buy him, especially when it comes to what he earns."

Sneijder's poor form has proven problematic for coach Claudio Ranieri, who is widely expected to lose his job if the Nerazzurri are knocked out of the Champions League tonight. However, the former attacker, who played 565 times in the blue and black shirt, believes that the Roman is doing well as he looks to take the club forward once more.

"Ranieri is trying his best to stitch up the holes which have appeared, and to make the team functional again for the rest of the season," said Mazzola.

"He is doing a good job and I think he will continue pushing Inter in the right direction."

And Mazzola, the winner of four league titles and two European Cups in his time at San Siro, is confident that there will be more action on the continent for the Nerazzurri beyond tonight.

"I think Inter can beat Marseille tonight. They have the players with the quality and plenty of Champions League experience to be able to get the result they need.

"Inter have better quality players than Marseille and even though they have not been consistent recently, they can do it over 90 minutes."

The Italian side host Les Phoceens at San Siro on Tuesday, needing to overcome a 1-0 aggregate deficit to progress to the quarter-finals.

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