Saturday March 5 2011
Leonardo reflects on 'intense' Inter

Leonardo marks his two-month anniversary as Inter Coach by facing Genoa. “It has all been very intense and I'm satisfied with what we've done.”

The Nerazzurri boss took charge of his first official game against Napoli on January 6 and has taken them up to second place.

“It has all been very intense and fast. I can say that I'm satisfied with what we've done,” smiled the Brazilian.

“It was a difficult situation, I found everyone willing to work hard to help out and I'm above all satisfied with the way we experienced all of this. It has all been intense and exciting.”

Due to Champions League, Coppa Italia and rescheduled Serie A commitments, this has been the first week in which Leonardo has been able to train uninterrupted.

“We really needed this to recharge the batteries and prepare for the final leg of the season. We also went over some tactical concepts, so they were important days for the team.”

Andrea Ranocchia and Dejan Stankovic have recovered to feature in the squad, but Esteban Cambiasso and Diego Milito are still unavailable.

Inter take on Genoa, but all eyes are on tonight's Juventus-Milan battle in Turin, which could open up the Scudetto race.

“It can seem obvious, but I have to say this game doesn't decide anything,” maintained Leonardo.

“We must focus only on ourselves, as we have important games ahead of us and are in the running for all three tournaments. We've got to improve our football, as that will allow us to achieve great things.

“I'd like to add everyone says Genoa will be weakened because of so many suspensions, but look at their probable line-up and you'll see a balanced side that has done very well this season.”

Inter squad: Julio Cesar, Castellazzi, Orlandoni; Cordoba, Zanetti, Lucio, Maicon, Ranocchia, Materazzi, Chivu, Nagatomo; Stankovic, Thiago Motta, Sneijder, Kharja, Mariga, Obi, Coutinho; Pazzini, Eto'o, Pandev

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