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Thursday February 3 2011
Kharja: 'I was Leo's ball boy'

Inter's new signing Houssine Kharja has recalled how he was a ball boy at Paris Saint-Germain when Leonardo was at the club.

The 28-year-old playmaker joined Inter from Genoa during the January transfer window.

"When he played at PSG, I was in the academy and I was a ball boy," Kharja said.

"Leo was an idol of mine. He scored goals and made other players score too, taking free-kicks and corners perfectly.

"I still have a couple of pairs of shorts of his that were thrown away and then given to me by the kit man."

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Thursday February 3 2011
Leonardo 'will talk to Chivu'

Leonardo concedes Inter improved considerably after the break and “will deal with Cristian Chivu internally.”

The Nerazzurri earned a 3-0 win away to Bari, but it was still goalless when Chivu escaped punishment for punching Marco Rossi in an off the ball incident.

“I will talk to him about that incident,” commented Leonardo when viewing the replays. “It's not right and we will deal with the situation internally.”

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Wednesday February 2 2011
The Inter of tomorrow

Inter's January signings were an impressive illustration of a club planning for the future, writes Antonio Labbate

Within weeks of becoming champions of the world, a consequence of their glorious Italian and European title successes, Inter were handed a stark statistical reminder that their experienced squad was on the verge of being reclassified as old.

A demographic study by the Professional Football Players' Observatory, released in January, revealed that the Nerazzurri had the oldest side in Europe. Contrasted with top-flight clubs from 36 other countries on the continent, nobody could match Inter's average age of 29.6.

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Wednesday February 2 2011
Leo delighted with Inter's new signings

Inter boss Leonardo has praised the club for making such an impact in the January transfer window and welcomed back Wesley Sneijder.

The Nerazzurri brought in four new faces, namely Giampaolo Pazzini, Andrea Ranocchia, Houssine Kharja and Yuto Nagatomo.

"We managed to find what we needed and it's not easy," Leonardo said.

"Serie A is a difficult League, but we want to win. The search for balance and perfection is constant, even if up until now we have played above all to get back into the title race."

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Sunday January 30 2011
Leonardo: 'What a crazy game'

Leonardo praised Palermo for giving Inter a huge scare at San Siro. “That was a crazy game.”

The Coach thought he was heading for a second consecutive Serie A defeat when trailing 2-0 at half-time, but Giampaolo Pazzini came off the bench to score two and earn a penalty.

“It'll take a little more time for my heart rate to get over this match,” smiled the tactician of the 3-2 victory.

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Thursday January 27 2011
Leo: 'Inter deserved to qualify'

Leonardo feels that Inter deserved to beat Napoli and qualify for the Semi-Finals of the Coppa Italia.

Inter were dominated for large spells and only ended up winning by virtue of a penalty shoot out.

"I am very happy with this performance," Leonardo said. "It was a very balanced game.

"Napoli tried to win with their champions and on their pitch too, but we knew how to suffer.

"We had two clear chances in the first half. If we had scored, the game would have change.

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Tuesday January 25 2011
Leonardo demands a reaction

Leonardo has asked his players to react when Inter meet Napoli in the Coppa Italia quarter-final tomorrow night.

Inter lost 3-1 to Udinese on Sunday bringing to an end Leonardo's perfect record in charge of the club.

He had won his first five games in succession since taking over from Rafa Benitez in December.

"Napoli have done well recently and I expect a similar team to the one that we faced at the beginning of January," Leonardo said.

"The atmosphere at the San Paolo will be beautiful and I expect an important game.

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Sunday January 23 2011
Moratti: 'Rather Leo than Mourinho'

President Massimo Moratti is very impressed with Leonardo and has “no intention of changing Coach,” even if Jose Mourinho returned.

As he is finding life difficult at Real Madrid, there are increasing reports Mou could walk away in the summer and seek a second spell at San Siro.

“I don't know. I must say that Mourinho is a professional and I think he'll want to do well at Real Madrid,” said Moratti on RAI television programme Dribbling.

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Sunday January 23 2011
Leonardo gives credit to Udinese

Leonardo gave credit to Udinese for a fine performance, but “this defeat does not change my football philosophy.”

Inter had a 100 per cent record in all competition since the Coach took over from Rafa Benitez during the Christmas break.

That came grinding to a halt with today's 3-1 loss at the Stadio Friuli, despite Dejan Stankovic originally opening the scoring.

“It's true there were some counter-attacks and I think much of today's result should be credited to Udinese,” said Leo.

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Saturday January 22 2011
Maicon: 'All change under Leonardo'

Douglas Maicon maintains “things have changed a lot” since Leonardo arrived at Inter and hints Rafa Benitez “did something the directors didn't like.”

The Nerazzurri have won all five official games under their new Coach and their performances vastly improved.

“Since Leonardo arrived, things have changed a lot around here. The atmosphere's great,” Maicon told FIFA.com.

“He's been able to get his ideas across already, despite not being here long, and everyone has grasped what he's said.

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