Wednesday February 23 2011
Leonardo: 'It's still wide open'

Leonardo forgives Julio Cesar for his decisive mistake and maintains the Champions League is still “very balanced, so it's all wide open.”

Inter fell to a surprise 1-0 home defeat against Bayern Munich when the goalkeeper spilled an Arjen Robben snapshot in the final minute for Mario Gomez to tap in.

“Julio Cesar has no need to apologise. There were many chances in this game and it's part of the sport. He parried it and the goal could've come in other moves, just as we had the opportunities to score.

“It's true that this loss is even more disappointing because it came right at the end, but it's all wide open for me, as we played on level terms tonight.

“A defeat is always a defeat, but the fact we conceded at the 90th minute will hit our confidence even more. Not much changes for the way we'll approach the second leg, as even on 0-0 here it would've been tough at the AllianzArena. Perhaps we struggled a little to hit them on the counter, but improved after the break.

“We were not afraid of Bayern. I think Munich's style of play made life difficult for us, but our scoring opportunities were pretty clear and it's a shame we didn't take them. We knew Louis Van Gaal's sides like to keep possession, so we played in a slightly different way, aiming to hit them on the break.”

There has been a hat-trick of Italian sides losing on home turf in the Champions League, but Leonardo is not concerned.

“Serie A sides remain competitive, as I didn't see any enormous difference and the competition remains very balanced. We'll go to Munich with optimism and the desire to go through.”

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