Didier Deschamps points out “the Treble-winning Inter is gone,” but Marseille are still concerned at the Champions League draw.
The French side have been paired with the Nerazzurri in the knockouts, to be played in February.
“Even if they are lagging behind in Serie A, they remain an adversary to be respected,” said the OM Coach.
“There are important players, especially in attack with the likes of Diego Milito, Mauro Zarate, Diego Forlan and Giampaolo Pazzini, obviously not forgetting Wesley Sneijder.
“It is going to be a very tactical game, as it always is against Italian teams. I can’t wait to come back to San Siro, which is a fantastic stadium.”
Yet it has been a chaotic campaign for the side first run by Gian Piero Gasperini, then Claudio Ranieri.
“The Treble-winning Inter is gone. That was an extraordinary side led by a great Coach like Jose Mourinho. After so much success, it’s tough once you lose momentum and the Nerazzurri paid the price, changing three tacticians since then.
“Now they are getting back on their feet, so we’ll have to be very wary when facing Inter.”
Think you know your Italian football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG's tipster competition - £11,000 to be won monthly!