Inter Milan boss Claudio Ranieri insists his future at the club does not rest on Tuesday night's clash with Marseille.
Under-fire coach confident Inter can progress to quarter-finals
Claudio Ranieri insists his future at Inter Milan does not rest on Tuesday night's clash with Marseille but is confident his side can advance to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
Ranieri is reportedly fighting for his job at the San Siro after a recent run of nine games without a win heaped pressure on the Italian coach.
The Nerazzurri ended that woeful streak with a 2-0 victory over Chievo in Serie A on Friday evening and the manager hopes they can carry momentum from that win into the second leg of their last-16 tie with Marseille as they look to overturn the French side's 1-0 advantage.
But the 60-year-old boss insists, regardless of the result on Tuesday, his job is safe.
"I'm a part of Inter this year and the next one too," said Ranieri. "I don't see why my future will have to count on tomorrow."
Marseille suffered their fourth consecutive defeat by Ajaccio on Friday and Ranieri believes their poor run combined with Inter's home advantage could give his side the upper hand.
"Before the first leg it was us who had suffered a few defeats while Marseille were coming off something of a positive streak, so the situation has been turned on its head," said the Italian.
"But with a full stadium, which will give us a boost, we are determined this team won't fail.
"We know everything about Marseille, that they are dangerous and quick on the counter-attack... we also know their strengths and their weaknesses."
Ranieri believes the kind of dogged determination Inter displayed against Chievo will prove crucial against Marseille.
"Whatever we did, we were losing matches even when we had chances to win them," added Ranieri, referring to their recent poor run.
"But the fact we kept chipping away against Chievo until the very last minute is going to help us tomorrow (Tuesday)."
An away goal for Marseille would give Inter a mountain to climb, however, and the Italian admitted: "We can't afford to concede any goals, so we need to keep fully focused throughout."