Leonardo admits he “honestly did not expect” such a hard slog to get the better of Cagliari this evening.
“We scored the goal early on and I got the feeling we'd control the game, but we risked conceding at the end and really struggled to close down Cagliari, who have many quality players,” he said of the 1-0 victory.
“We are tired, but I don't want that to be an alibi. We've got to wipe the idea of fatigue out of our minds, as there's still a marathon ahead of us.
“I honestly did not expect it to be such a struggle in this game. We started out with a team that could give us width, but couldn't really manage it.
“In any case, the three points are important and we are satisfied. It's still a victory and you can win this way, with character more than skill. When you win while playing badly, it's a good sign...”
Inter must now prepare for their Champions League debut under Leonardo against Bayern Munich.
“Bayern are a great side and almost all their stars are coming back from injury. Am I worried by their star names? If they read our squad list, they have reason to be worried too.”
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