Leonardo hailed Samuel Eto'o as “one of the greatest players in the world” ahead of his 100th appearance for Inter tomorrow.
When the Cameroon international steps on to the field against Catania, he will mark his century in a Nerazzurri jersey, having scored 51 goals.
“If we look at what he has achieved in recent years, including this one, you cannot deny Eto'o is one of the greatest players in the world. This season only confirms it with the goals scored, different positions he has played in and extraordinary performances,” said the Coach.
This term in all club competition Eto'o has netted 35 goals in 51 games for Inter.
“Tomorrow's game must be faced with the right concentration, as we want to keep improving ahead of the Coppa Italia Final against Palermo. Good performances lead to others, so we want to win.”
There are some big changes, though, as Esteban Cambiasso, Julio Cesar, Wesley Sneijder and Douglas Maicon are among those left at home, though Dejan Stankovic returns.
“Cambiasso had a problem in training today and we need to evaluate how serious it is. Julio Cesar has a back injury and cannot play.
“Sneijder hasn't recovered totally yet, while Maicon is suspended for the Coppa Italia and so we need to see players who can take part next week.”
Inter are dominated by transfer gossip at the moment, but Leonardo knows his place in a Serie A side.
“I am just a Coach. I feel in sync with the club, but President Massimo Moratti and his directors make the decisions. If I can contribute, then I am here.”
Inter squad: Castellazzi, Orlandoni, Gallinetta; Zanetti, Lucio, Ranocchia, Materazzi, Samuel, Chivu, Faraoni, Nagatomo; Stankovic, Thiago Motta, Kharja, Mariga, Obi, Coutinho; Pazzini, Eto'o, Milito, Pandev