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Ranieri: I could ask no more from Inter Milan players

Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri insists they gave their all after being eliminated from the Champions League by Marseille.

Inter were bundled out on the away goals rule after winning 2-1 last night.

"It sums up our season. Perhaps we played better in both legs, but conceded twice in stoppages despite having the best chances," said Ranieri.

"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.

"We couldn't have done any more. We were tight in the first 20 minutes, then stretched out a bit and didn't have the chance to play for our strikers. In the second half I asked Wesley Sneijder to play in more of a midfield role to be the supplier, then he picked up an injury.

"It's a shame, as the lads gave all they possibly could. We have to find the motivation now, as even if we go out, the team proved it gave 100 per cent and we'll see what we can do in Serie A.

"We knew Marseille would push down our left flank, as that is where they go with 70 per cent of their attacking moves, but then we failed to give Diego Milito or Diego Forlan the chance to surge forward. I had to introduce Joel Obi, who did well to defend and attack, making us a little more compact and incisive."

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