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Inter's Stankovic: I have no problem with Ranieri

It had been claimed after the Milan outfit's recent defeat against Napoli at the San Paolo that the Serb had accused his boss of always substituting the same players

Dejan Stankovic has dismissed speculation that his relationship with Inter coach Claudio Ranieri has become increasingly strained in recent weeks.

The Serb had reacted angrily to his substitution against Napoli last month and it was reported that the midfielder had accused his boss of always taking off the same players during games.

Ranieri was subsequently forced to deny dropping Stankovic for the meeting with Catania the following weekend because of his alleged outburst at the San Paolo
, and now the player himself has moved to quash reports of growing tension between the pair ahead of Tuesday night's crucial Champions League clash with Marseille at San Siro.

"I have no problem with him," Stankovic told reporters on Monday. "I knew someone would ask me about this, even though it has nothing to do with football.

"How could I not respect a coach like Ranieri? There is no problem and we are thinking only of the match against Marseille, which is the most important of the season."

Inter trail 1-0 after their defeat at the Stade Velodrome last month but Stankovic insists that his team-mates are brimming with belief once again after their morale-boosting victory over Chievo last Friday, a result which ended a dismal run of nine games without a win in all competitions.

"We are confident after the last performance in Verona," he claimed. "We know it will not be an easy game because in the group stages Marseille picked up more points away than at home.

"But we must play with warm hearts and cool heads, try to control the game and we know that one goal at any time will do for us."

Inter's clash with Marseille at the Giuseppe Meazza kicks off at 19:45.

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