By Fabrizio Ponciroli
Fulvio Collovati has refused to believe that Inter cannot overturn their 1-0 deficit against Olympique Marseille in order to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals. However, he expects coach Claudio Ranieri to pay the ultimate price if his side do bow out.
The Nerazzurri host the French outfit in the second leg of their last 16 clash at San Siro on Tuesday night having gone down to a late Andre Ayew strike in l’Hexagone last month. But the former Inter defender has told Goal.com he is confident the Italians have what it takes to advance.
“I refuse to believe that Inter cannot make it through against Marseille,” said Collovati, who now plies his trade behind a Rai TV microphone. “I commentated on the first leg, and Inter lost because they did not play like Inter. Losing the first game has not convinced me that they will go out.
“I expected more from Marseille, but since then they have lost four consecutive games. They do have players who can embarrass the Inter defence in Valbuena and the Ayew brothers, though.”
Despite his upbeat mood heading into the second leg, Collovati is under no illusions what the future will hold for Ranieri if Inter do not progress.
“It depends on how it goes,” he stated. “But if it goes badly, I think that his Inter adventure will end.”
The 1982 World Cup winner with Italy forecasts a return to the team for Esteban Cambiasso. The Argentine has come under some scrutiny of late and was left out of Friday’s win against Chievo, but Collovati expects him to start on Tuesday.
“Cambiasso will play, perhaps alongside Andrea Poli. But I think the decisive player will be either Wesley Sneijder or Diego Forlan. They are two players who are willing to make their mark, and this is an opportunity to do something important for the good of Inter.”
The Nerazzurri need to win by two clear goals to enter Friday’s draw for the quarter-finals, while a 1-0 win would take the tie to penalties.
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