Claudio Ranieri takes his FC Internazionale Milano side to France seeking a third successive UEFA Champions League quarter-final place – as well as a small piece of revenge over Olympique de Marseille coach Didier Deschamps.
• As coach of AS Monaco FC, Deschamps denied Ranieri's Chelsea FC a place in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League final with a 5-3 aggregate success.
• The clubs met for the first time in the 2003/04 UEFA Cup when José Anigo's OM recorded 1-0 home and away wins in the quarter-finals en route to reaching the final. Didier Drogba hit the only goal in Marseille and Camel Meriem's strike settled the second leg. Javier Zanetti appeared in both games for an Inter side coached by Alberto Zaccheroni.
• Home advantage may not hold its usual significance in this tie given both teams' records at their own grounds this season. It is a curious coincidence that each lost two of their group stage matches on home turf, taking just three points at home but seven on their travels.
• Winners in 2010 and quarter-finalists last term, Inter are competing in the UEFA Champions League's last 16 for the eighth season running. For OM, this is their second consecutive campaign after an 11-year gap; they have not been beyond the last 16 since lifting the trophy in 1993.
• Group B winners Inter have already won on French soil this term, beating LOSC Lille Métropole 1-0 in October – the first of back-to-back victories against the Ligue 1 club. Their overall record in France is W5 D3 L3.
• Marseille lost their most recent home game against Italian visitors, 2-1 against AC Milan in the 2009/10 group stage. Their overall record against Serie A sides at the Stade Vélodrome is W4 D1 L2.
• Marseille beat Milan 1-0 in the 1993 UEFA Champions League final but lost 3-0 against Parma FC in the 1999 UEFA Cup final.
• Deschamps was in Marseille's 1993 UEFA Champions League final team and also featured in the France side that defeated Italy in the 1998 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals and the UEFA EURO 2000 final.
• Deschamps spent five seasons with Juventus as a player between 1994 and 1999, winning three league titles, one Italian Cup and the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League. He was unbeaten in eight Serie A outings against Inter, winning five of them. The only defeat he suffered in ten matches overall against the Nerazzurri was in the 1996/97 Coppa Italia quarter-finals.
• As Juventus coach Deschamps led the club to the 2006/07 Serie B title before making way for Ranieri.
• In two-legged European ties against Italian opponents as a player, Deschamps lost out against Torino FC with FC Nantes in the 1986/87 UEFA Cup first round and against AS Roma with FC Girondins de Bordeaux in the 1990/91 UEFA Cup third round. He also appeared in the first leg of Juventus' defeat by Parma FC in the 1994/95 UEFA Cup final.
• Ranieri had not beaten French opposition in UEFA competition before this season. He had previously lost two-legged ties against Paris Saint-Germain FC with SSC Napoli in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup second round and against Monaco with Chelsea in 2003/04.
• Maicon played under Deschamps in 2004/05, the first season of his two-year stint at Monaco.
• Djimi Traoré was in the Liverpool FC team that beat Milan in the 2005 final having overcome Juventus in the quarter-finals.
• André and Jordan Ayew's father Abédi Pelé played in Italy for Torino.
• Dejan Stanković captained the Serbia side defeated 1-0 by André Ayew's Ghana at the 2010 World Cup. Prior to the tournament he scored in a 4-3 friendly win against Stéphane Mbia and Nicolas N'Koulou's Cameroon.
• Elinton Andrade was third-choice goalkeeper at CR Flamengo in 2003 when Júlio César was No1. Andrade was briefly on Ascoli Calcio's books but did not play.
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