The Stade Velodrome coach has stated that, despite the Milan outfit's recent downturn in results, he is prepared for a difficult challenge against the Italians on WednesdayDidier Deschamps believes that his Olympique de Marseille team will face "a different Inter" to the one that lost 3-0 to Bologna on Friday night.
The Nerazzurri have struggled of late, dropping to sixth in Serie A, and coach Claudio Ranieri has found himself under increasing pressure, a poor result against the Rossoblu only compounding matters for the Milanese giants.
Despite Inter not being at their best in recent matches, the French trainer, who attended the game at San Siro, is prepared for a tough test at the Stade Velodrome on Wednesday.
“It is always better to see these matches live,” Deschamps told Sky Sport Italia.
“I saw Inter’s recent outings on television, but now I need to see their latest moves with my own eyes.
“Inter have had problems in the last few rounds and by now I think the Scudetto is only a mirage.
"However, on Wednesday I expect to see a different Inter in Marseille, a team that will be fired up and fight hard for the result," he predicted.
The former Juventus player and coach also spoke of his former club, praising the work that Antonio Conte is doing in Turin.
“I am happy for Conte and he certainly has the advantage of knowing the club and its mentality," the Frenchman observed.
"They invested heavily and are doing great work. Let us also not forget the stadium, as having such a fiery atmosphere is without doubt a big advantage."
Meanwhile, Marseille will be without key striker Loic Remy for the first leg of their duel with Inter due to injury, and Deschamps admitted that the attacker's absence is a blow.
"We have lost a good player who is a very important feature in the team, especially at the highest level; I have no other players with his speed," he told France Football.
"We will play differently. He is a very important player for the team. With the decisive matches approaching, I would have preferred to have him.
"Hopefully he will come back to the competition in three weeks; he is someone very important."