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Thursday January 13 2011
Leo picks up good vibes from Inter

Leonardo is getting good signals from Inter after last night's 3-2 victory over Genoa in the Coppa Italia.

The Brazilian has won each of his three matches in charge and there is a sense that Inter can get back in the title race.

"There were important signals from the team," Leonardo said. "There is the right spirit, which means we were always concentrated.

"Andrea Ranocchia and Marco Materazzi did very well. Samuel Eto'o also played great. He put himself at the service of his teammates.

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Wednesday January 12 2011
Pato: 'I'd never follow Leo to Inter'

Alexandre Pato insists he would “never” follow Leonardo's example by crossing over to Inter. “I only want Milan.”

The Coach caused controversy when he accepted the bench after Rafa Benitez terminated his contract.

“This is a profession, Leonardo made a decision and we respect that,” assured Pato on Sky Sport Italia.

“I just want to win with this jersey, which I will wear as long as the club wants me to. Would I go to Inter? No, never. I only want Milan.

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Tuesday January 11 2011
Leonardo: 'Inter want the Coppa'

Inter have a packed fixture list, but Leonardo assures “the Coppa Italia is an objective for this club” as he takes on Genoa tomorrow.

The Nerazzurri must play their two Serie A games in hand after the Club World Cup commitments in December.

“I think you can rotate the squad in Serie A as well, not just in the Coppa Italia,” insisted the Coach.

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Sunday January 9 2011
Mourinho 'back seat' driver to Leo

Jose Mourinho reveals he “talks to Leonardo often and is in the back seat,” wishing the new Inter Coach every success at San Siro.

The Special One was notoriously critical of Rafa Benitez, but has a very different view on his replacement.

“I just want Inter to win, for the players, my President Massimo Moratti and the fans to win and be happy,” said the Real Madrid manager.

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Sunday January 9 2011
Leonardo hails 'extraordinary' Inter

Leonardo was overjoyed at Inter's team spirit in coming from behind to conquer Catania. “Such a comeback is extraordinary.”

The Nerazzurri were trailing 1-0 at the Stadio Massimino when Esteban Cambiasso struck twice in quick succession.

“We struggled a great deal in the first half and Catania were well placed. The second was different and the substitutions made us more vivacious,” said the Coach.

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Saturday January 8 2011
Leonardo: 'Inter must enjoy football'

Leonardo assures he won't let Inter “feel a weight on their shoulders” as they travel to Catania in a bid to re-open the Scudetto race.

“There is great joy and we cannot hide it,” grinned the Coach. “The team was extraordinary against Napoli for its enthusiasm, work rate, fighting spirit and cool head against an opponent in good shape. Now the even tougher test comes, as we must continue with these great performances in Catania.”

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Friday January 7 2011
Moratti pleased with Leo's debut

Inter President Massimo Moratti thought Leonardo's debut went very well after a 3-1 victory at home to Napoli.

The highly regarded Brazilian tactician took charge of his first game since replacing Rafa Benitez just before Christmas.

Asked for his initial impressions, Moratti said: "Good, good, good. I liked it a lot. We won't give it a score out of 10, but to me it seemed that it went very well.

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Thursday January 6 2011
Leo to deliver Ganso to Inter

Leonardo will look to work the same magic as he did at Milan in the Brazilian transfer market by luring Ganso to Inter, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

It's no secret that Leonardo played a major role in the signings of Kaka, Thiago Silva and Alexandre Pato during his time at Milanello.

La Gazzetta understands Inter are very keen to use Leonardo's know-how as well as his contacts in Brazil to uncover the best of the country's up and coming talent.

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Thursday January 6 2011
Line-ups: Leo's first Inter face Napoli

Leonardo has chosen Dejan Stankovic and Diego Milito for his Inter debut, as Ezequiel Lavezzi returns to the starting XI for Napoli.

The new Coach was appointed on Christmas Eve after a parting of the ways with Rafa Benitez and makes his first appearance on the bench at 19.45 UK time.

He has to do without Wesley Sneijder, Coutinho, Walter Samuel, Julio Cesar and the suspended Samuel Eto'o.

Leo has adopted a 4-3-1-2 system with Stankovic in the trequartista role behind strikers Goran Pandev and Milito.

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Thursday January 6 2011
Moratti and Cambiasso hail Leo impact

President Massimo Moratti and scorer Esteban Cambiasso explain how Leonardo's arrival “has given Inter confidence again.”

The Coach had a splendid debut, beating Napoli 3-1 at San Siro after replacing Rafa Benitez on Christmas Eve.

“I am satisfied to see the marriage between the Coach and players has been a good fit so far,” said President Moratti.

“Now the fightback begins. It won't be easy to climb up the table, but I certainly believe we can still win the Scudetto.”

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