Sunday March 6 2011
Leonardo: 'No magic words needed'

Leonardo has beaten Fabio Capello's record and insists there was “no magic words” to transform Inter at half-time.

The Nerazzurri were losing 1-0 at home to Genoa at the break before coming out for a 5-2 victory.

“We were slow in the first half and these things can happen, but there were no magic words at half-time to get them going again,” smiled the Brazilian.

“The fact we score so many second half goals is a great sign for our physical as well as psychological condition. We work as a team unit and have the same ambitions, to fight together for something important.

“This squad is ready and goes beyond all limits. We are coming up to the decisive moment of the match and we're right in the battle.

“Last night Milan's win shows they are a solid outfit and deserve to be top of the table. It's an open season and the derby will be spectacular, but there are plenty of other games to go as well.”

Leonardo has transformed Inter since replacing Rafa Benitez over the Christmas break and has broken Capello's 2004-05 record by notching up 33 points in his first 13 Serie A games. Nobody has done better since three points were introduced for a win.

“Never compare me to Capello!” smiled his former player. “That is not right, as he is my master. Capello brought me to Italy and is an important reference point, as he helped me a great deal.

“It's a nice record to have, but let's not go overboard. Capello is on another level.”