Didier Deschamps believes Olympique de Marseille's ambition was rewarded after André Ayew's late goal secured a first-leg advantage over FC Internazionale Milano.
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Didier Deschamps, Marseille coach
It's a massive satisfaction to get the win. Usually a goal at the end goes in favour of Italian teams but we delivered a great performance against a very strong team. In the last quarter we really pushed and Dédé's [André Ayew's] goal was the difference.
Now we'll see how it goes in three weeks. I asked the players to push and I didn't want to make a change during the game which would weaken us offensively. We stuck to our tactics. There is always a risk with pushing on that you can be punished in the end, but scoring in the final minute didn't give them time to come back. Now we must be ambitious and must go there with the intention to get through, though Inter remain a great team.
Claudio Ranieri, Inter coach
We have lacked some luck in recent weeks. Tonight we conceded when the match was over and until then we had controlled Marseille. In any case, we showed that we are still a lively team and we can overturn this result with the help of a full stadium.
In my opinion we played with the right approach, creating several chances without taking a risk. Unfortunately we didn't take any of them, while Júlio César made his only save just before the corner that led to their goal. Now we are facing a difficult task in the second leg, but we have enough ability to score twice in Milan so it will be an entertaining match.
I'm disappointed about the outcome, but quite satisfied about the way we approached the game, both the spirit and the commitment. The only way to leave behind this difficult time is to work harder. I fielded Diego Forlán and Mauro Zárate up front because I needed two fast players with good technical skills to exploit the spaces.
Maicon missed the second half due to a right knee injury. We must wait for tomorrow's scans to find out more.