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Mar 12, 2012

Moratti issues rallying call

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has called on his side to beat Marseille in their Champions League second-leg by "any means necessary" on Tuesday.

Inter were beaten by a last-minute goal in France and now host OM needing to overhaul their 1-0 deficit. The Nerazzuri had failed to register a victory since January before their 2-0 weekend win over Chievo and Moratti has issued a rallying call.

"It was good to win [against Chievo], even if the success came at the end, but had we scored that early penalty then we would've been less anxious," Moratti told Sky Sport Italia. "In any case, they played a good first half and had a certain confidence in the second, so this bodes well for the game with Marseille.

"The important thing is that at the end of the day we win, by any means necessary and in any style. I expect the players are really feeling the lead-up to this game, but in a positive way and not excessively emotional."

Inter are currently in seventh place in the Serie A and manager Claudio Ranieri has been under real pressure as Inter look like missing out on Europe next season. But Moratti gave him his backing ahead of the crucial tie.

"It's not easy for a coach to read in the papers every day that there's a new coach coming in to replace him," he said. "Ranieri is professional, he's getting on with his job and he has my complete support in this difficult time that he's experiencing and that we're trying to get through."

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