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Bayern Munich's hopes poised on a knife edge

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Last chance for Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri to save his job

Bayern Munich's hopes of playing in a Champions League football final in its own stadium will be hanging on a knife edge on Tuesday as it faces a 1-0 deficit against FC Basel.

Despite thrashing Hoffenheim 7-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Bayern is treading warily against Basel which is attempting to become the first Swiss team for 33 years to reach the last eight.

Bayern has won 11 of its last 12 European games at home, yet has made a habit of slipping up at the Allianz Arena at crucial moments. Three of its last four Champions League campaigns ended when it failed to win games on home turf.

Last season, Bayern went out at the same stage when it lost 3-2 at home to Inter Milan, having won 1-0 away in the first leg.

Basel is unbeaten and has scored in every match away from home in the competition this season, its most impressive result being a 3-3 draw at Manchester United after trailing 2-0 at halftime.

Meanwhile, Inter Milan coach Claudio Ranieri heads into Tuesday's last 16 second leg clash at home to Marseille unable to escape the speculation surrounding his future.

The rumour has been that he must guide the nerazzurri into the quarterfinals or he will lose his job. Inter's recent run has left it with almost no chance of finishing in the top three and qualifying for next season's Champions League.

It even faces an uphill task to qualify for the Europa League, sitting six points off fifth place.

Its participation in Europe next season may therefore depend on winning the Champions League this term.

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