Fortune not Ranieri to be blamed for the exit: Massimo Moratti

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0 LIKES UnLike Milan President insists that his team’s exit from UEFA Champions League has more to do with Marseille’s luck; reports suggest the coach’s future is in doubt.
Nerazzurri President, Massimo Moratti, has refused to blame the struggling manager for Inter Milan’s exit from the UEFA Champions League.
The Beneamata crashed out of the European competition, after a late strike saw Olympique Marseille steal the qualification to quarter-finals on the away goal rule.
The gloomy President refused to take an action against Ranieri, and insisted that the exit had more to do with the team’s failing fortunes than anything else.
While talking to the press, the oil baron stated:
“On an evening like this I don’t feel like taking any action. I don't see how Ranieri is to blame – it’s more to do with the luck his French counterpart Didier Deschamps had.”
Moratti admitted that the situation could have been different if his side had lost the game with a big margin, but to blame the coach for the two goals in the added time of both legs will be unfair. The Nerazzurri chief pointed
out that the coach does not deserve a negative appraisal, as the team had won the match 2-1 despite being knocked out.
“If we had lost 4-0, I might have seen things differently, but after conceding two goals in stoppage time [over the two legs] I don't feel I can give a negative assessment. Ranieri doesn't deserve it.”
However, Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that only a top three finish can save Ranieri from a summer axe.
The tactician replaced Gian Piero Gasperini in September 2011, and is contracted until June 2013 with the Milan outfit.
Inter Milan are already out of the Coppa Italia and the Scudetto race, and their exit from the European competition means that the Nerazzurri will end the campaign without any piece of silverware.
La Beneamata are currently placed seventh in the Serie A standings, eight points behind third-placed, Moratti has urged his team to focus on finishing amongst the top-three.



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