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Moratti keeps faith in Ranieri

March 14, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti says he has no plans to sack Claudio Ranieri despite the club's Champions League exit.

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GettyImagesClaudio Ranieri watches on as Inter exit the Champions League despite victory over Marseille

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Inter ended their seven-game losing streak when they defeated Chievo in Serie A on Friday but, although they also defeated Marseille 2-1 at San Siro on Tuesday night, they went out of the competition on away goals.

Many had expected that Moratti would axe Ranieri if Inter did not progress to the quarter-finals, but the president feels that would be an overreaction.

"On an evening like this I don't feel like taking any action," Moratti said. "I don't see how Ranieri is to blame - it's more to do with the luck his French counterpart Deschamps had.

"If we had lost 4-0, I might have seen things differently, but after conceding two goals in stoppage time I don't feel I can give a negative assessment. Ranieri doesn't deserve it."

Ranieri felt Inter deserved more for their efforts across the two legs. "It sums up our season. Perhaps we played better in both legs, but conceded twice in stoppages despite having the best chances," Ranieri said. "I think in 180 minutes we allowed three shots on target, but the team that scores goals is the one that wins, so compliments to Marseille."

He added: "Inter do not need a revolution. Maybe reconstruction, which we already knew before this game. I had hoped that something would change for us with the Chievo win, but this continues to be a rollercoaster of a campaign, full of ups and downs. The fact remains the lads could not have done any more."

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