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FC Internazionale Milano are aiming to make a third successive UEFA Champions League quarter-final as they welcome Olympique de Marseille to San Siro, a venue where visiting coach Didier Deschamps was unbeaten against the Nerazzurri as a player.
• To progress, however, Inter must recover from André Ayew's added-time header in France on 22 February which gave Marseille a 1-0 lead in the tie.
• 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 the final. Didier Drogba hit the only goal in Marseille before Camel Meriem's solitary second-leg strike earned Marseille a first win on Italian soil. Javier Zanetti appeared in both games for an Inter side coached by Alberto Zaccheroni.
• OM belied their group stage struggles at home in the first leg, although Inter also toiled this season; each lost twice on home turf, taking just three points compared with 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 appearance at this stage after an 11-year gap; they have not been further since lifting the trophy in 1993.
• Inter have already beaten one French opponent at San Siro this term, prevailing 2-1 against LOSC Lille Métropole on matchday four. Their overall home record against Ligue 1 clubs is W5 D3 L3.
• Marseille's last visit to Italy brought a 1-1 draw at AC Milan in the 2009/10 group stage. Their overall away record against Serie A sides is W1 D4 L2.
• The 2003/04 tie against Inter is one of four occasions in UEFA competition Marseille have travelled defending a 1-0 first-leg home win; they won two ties and lost the other two. Overall the French club have recorded 16 first-leg victories at home, winning ten of those ties on aggregate.
• Inter have won 15 of the 28 UEFA competition ties in which they lost the first leg away from home, although they have lost five of the last six. It is a similar story when they have gone down 1-0 away in the first leg; although overall their record shows five aggregate wins and six losses, four of those defeats have come in the last five ties, most recently that Marseille reverse.
• Deschamps' AS Monaco FC side beat Claudio Ranieri's Chelsea FC in the 2003/04 semi-finals.
• 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 played for Juventus between 1994 and 1999, winning three league titles, one Coppa Italia and the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League. He recorded one win and four draws at Inter in Serie A and the Coppa Italia, losing just one of ten meetings overall with the Nerazzurri – at home in the 1996/97 Coppa Italia quarter-finals.
• As Juventus coach in 2006/07 he led the club to the Serie B title before making way for Ranieri.
• In two-legged European ties against Italian opponents as a player, Deschamps lost to 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 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 of his two seasons at Monaco.
• 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.
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