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Inter coach Ranieri hoping for more tears of joy against Marseille

The under-pressure Roman welled up after seeing his side end a run of nine games without a victory by triumphing at the Bentegodi on Friday night courtesy of two late goals

Claudio Ranieri is hoping for more tears of joy when his Inter side take on Marseille in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at San Siro on Tuesday evening.

The Nerazzurri ended a run of nine games without a win in all competitions on Friday night by triumphing 2-0 in their Serie A clash with Chievo at the Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi.

Ranieri, who had been under intense pressure going into the game, welled up after Inter had struck twice in the final three minutes through Walter Samuel and Diego Milito to secure the most vital victory of his short reign - and he makes no apologies for his show of emotion.

"We do not talk about it in the locker room," he told reporters during a press conference on Monday.

"But there are sensations, emotions that one cannot control or decide and I hope to live out many others in my career."

Ranieri took an enormous amount of satisfaction out of his side's performance in Verona, believing that the Nerazzurri had displayed the kind of resilience and sense of unity that they will need to overturn their 1-0 first-leg deficit against Marseille.

"Friday's success against Chievo encouraged us," the former Roma coach said. "The squad have always given everything.

"In Verona, we scored at the end of the game. This is a positive message: fight until the end. Inter's players have never given up."

The former Chelsea boss was particularly enthused by the effort shown by playmaker Wesley Sneijder, who has come in for a lot of criticism in recent weeks for his allegedly lacklustre displays.

"Against Chievo, Wesley Sneijder was everywhere on the field; he helped his team-mates a lot," he argued.

"You could see he was fully motivated. This is the Sneijder I want and who can change our team."

Meanwhile, Ranieri revealed that right-back Maicon will be fit to face Marseille despite having sat out training on Monday, but he has yet to decide whether to recall Giampaolo Pazzini in place of Diego Forlan up front.

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