Saturday March 19 2011
Leonardo: 'Lecce a decisive moment'

Leonardo and Inter are still buzzing after their Champions League exploits, but “know to concentrate on Lecce in this decisive moment.”

The Nerazzurri completed an historic comeback to qualify ahead of Bayern Munich midweek and aim to continue that form in Serie A.

“I believe that optimism breeds optimism and victories bring other victories. Inter are aware we're going through a decisive moment of the campaign,” said the Coach.

“Lecce proved over the last few games that they are constantly improving. They'll be without Javier Chevanton or David Di Michele, but that won't stop them playing in an open and attacking fashion. We don't expect an easy game.”

Inter were held to a draw by Brescia last weekend and only a late Julio Cesar penalty save prevented their defeat.

“I don't think the euphoria of Munich will damage us, as it would've been strange not to allow ourselves a moment of joy at such a wonderful victory. At the same time, this team knows it has to concentrate on Lecce. Finding a balance between euphoria and concentration, that is the key.”

There is also the risk of looking ahead to the Champions League quarter-final against Schalke 04.

“No quarter-final at this level is going to be easy. Schalke have a lot of enthusiasm and have grown after investments, year on year. They've done very well in the Bundesliga and qualified for this stage, with players like Raul and Jefferson Farfan.”

Leonardo refuses to hold back his stars ahead of next week's Milan derby, even though Samuel Eto'o, Giampaolo Pazzini, Lucio and Yuto Nagatomo are all on a yellow card.

“I don't think it's a crucial problem that we have to deal with. Andrea Ranocchia has been left out because he is not fit to play right now and has had far too many games for his current condition.”

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