Sunday March 20 2011
Leonardo: 'No derby revenge'

Leonardo is looking forward to the Milan derby, but won't pin all his hopes on that game. “All the remaining matches are decisive.”

Inter moved within two points of the Serie A leaders with today's 1-0 win over Lecce, as the Rossoneri were beaten in Palermo last night.

After the break for international duty, the two teams go head-to-head in the Derby della Madonnina on April 2.

“All the remaining matches are decisive, not just that one,” said the Coach.

“The derby won't be crucial because after that there are another seven rounds. What we wanted to do was get closer, get back in the race and challenge for the Scudetto. We reach this derby in the best possible condition.”

When asked if taking the derby and the title would be ‘revenge' over his former club and President Silvio Berlusconi, Leo shrugged off the question.

“No, life goes on and you learn from every experience. If I look back at my career, I see only positive aspects and will never forget my 13 years at Milan. I live my life based on love, not recrimination.”

The 1-0 win over Lecce was much tougher than expected and decided only by a Giampaolo Pazzini strike with suspicions of a handling offence.

“It wasn't an easy game and there were many hidden dangers. We struggled to find space, especially in the first half, but to bring home the three points we needed a cool head and patience.

“Pazzini did not handle the ball, as you can see in the replay his arm moves backwards and the ball goes forwards, so it must've been his chest.”

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