Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini believes a packed San Siro can boost his side’s chances of overcoming a 2-0 first-leg deficit when they face Liverpool in the Uefa Champions League.
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Holders AC Milan were eliminated in the last 16 by Arsenal last week after a 2-0 defeat at the shared San Siro.
Though a capacity crowd did not save Milan from defeat, Mancini said Inter were still banking on help from around 80,000 fans to reach the quarter-finals.
"I believe a full stadium can make the difference," he said. "If the match is going well, the crowd could be decisive."
Late goals from Dirk Kuyt and Steven Gerrard gave Liverpool the advantage at Anfield three weeks ago following Marco Materazzi's harsh first-half dismissal.
Mancini, who has Cristian Chivu back after a shoulder problem to ease a defensive crisis, hinted he may play five across the midfield despite the need for goals.
"With many unavailable, it could be a possibility. To overhaul a 2-0 scoreline we will have to be perfect from every point of view," he said.
"We must play the perfect match, trying not to give Liverpool space. I am not pessimistic, I believe it is possible to go through."
Italian champions Inter lead Serie A by six points and retaining their domestic title is still at the forefront of Mancini's mind, irrespective of the Liverpool game.
"Anyway I do not believe that the whole season must be based on one game, whatever the result," he said.
Parma sack Di Carlo
Meanwhile, Domenico Di Carlo has been sacked as coach of Serie A strugglers Parma.
Parma suffered their 12th league defeat of the season on Sunday when they lost 2-1 at home to Sampdoria.
The 1995 and 1999 UEFA Cup winners are fourth-from-bottom and level on 25 points with Empoli, who occupy the first of three relegation places.
"Parma announce that Domenico Di Carlo has today been relieved of his role as first team coach," a statement from the club announced.
Di Carlo was appointed in June after Claudio Ranieri quit and joined Juventus having kept Parma up at the end of last season.
The January signing of Italy striker Cristiano Lucarelli from Shakhtar Donetsk has failed to revive Parma's fortunes and Di Carlo has paid the price.
Italian media have said former boss Nevio Scala and ex-AC Milan coach Alberto Zaccheroni are favourites for the job.