Saturday February 26 2011
Leonardo: 'Next month is decisive'

Leonardo has told Inter to focus all their attention on Serie A. “The next three or four games are going to be decisive.”

The Nerazzurri's hopes of retaining the Champions League trophy took a beating with their 1-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich, but they're still in the Scudetto race.

“We don't have to get back on track, but rather continue along this path,” insisted the Coach ahead of Sunday night's trip to Sampdoria.

“At this stage of the season, every point can be crucial. I think the next three or four games are going to be decisive. The February and March period tells you who can challenge, while the balance then remains until the end.”

Inter have their eye on San Siro, where on Monday evening leaders Milan welcome second placed Napoli.

“A draw between Milan and Napoli would be good for us, but one round doesn't change everything,” noted Leo.

He'll be without Esteban Cambiasso, Diego Milito, Andrea Ranocchia, Thiago Motta, Walter Samuel, Ivan Cordoba and the suspended Douglas Maicon.

“Unfortunately for us, this season has been terrible in terms of injuries. They are down to many factors. I can only talk about the time I've been in charge and from December 29 I have asked a great deal of my players in training.

“Their efforts were enormous and the team brought out all it had to make up lost ground. They are continuing to give their all.”

Giampaolo Pazzini was ineligible for the Bayern Munich game, but returns to face the club he left in January.

“He settled in very quickly, both in terms of the football and the group. I think that is helping his form.

“Pazzini left an important mark on Sampdoria, so tomorrow he'll be very emotional in returning to that stadium, but he is a mature lad who can handle this state of mind.”

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