Despite the inaction, Draghi emphasized in his news conference on Thursday that the ECB could act swiftly to instigate "unconventional" policy measures if necessary. He also flagged that both quantitative easing and negative deposit rates had been discussed at this week's meeting.
Bini Smaghi predicted that easing would materialize in "a couple of months".
"I think he is preparing the markets to understand that action will take place," Bini Smaghi said.
"Inflation is low; the exchange rate is high. So the time for action should be coming soon… Especially for debt reduction, for the deleveraging process, low inflation is really bad."
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Despite Smaghi's confidence, economists were divided as to whether Draghi's comments on Thursday signaled raised intent of instigating easing measures.
Lee Hardman of Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi was in the yes camp.
"The ECB clearly signaled that it is prepared to utilize unconventional monetary policy easing," Hardman said in a research note on Friday.
He added: "The increased likelihood of the ECB adopting more effective monetary easing measures ahead, which could lift inflation expectations and lower real yields, have increased downside risks for the euro."
However, Daiwa Capital Markets forecast policy would remain unaltered, based on Draghi's Thursday comments.
"While the ECB arguably remains excessively timid, we continue to expect policy to remain unchanged over coming quarters," said Grant Lewis, Daiwa Capital Market's head of research, in a note.
"We continue to see QE (quantitative easing), incorporating government bond purchases, as very much a last resort. Indeed, Draghi argued that a Federal Reserve/Bank of England/Bank of Japan-style program, based on government bond purchases, was less suitable for the euro area's bank-centric financial system."
Even if the ECB did act, it is uncertain what shape easing might take.
"The ECB remains undecided over the exact form of QE, which creates uncertainty over the potential size of asset purchases," said Hardman.
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—By CNBC's Katy Barnato. Follow her on Twitter: @KatyBarnato