Leonardo: “Delight at Inter’s performance”

Inter Coach Leonardo once again praised his team for their commanding performance in his debut game against Napoli which gave them a 3-1 victory. The Brazilian tactician felt the Nerazzurri delivered the type of showing he expected out of them.
“We are delighted – there is no point in hiding it – because this team was superb against Napoli. They were enthusiastic, they dug in, they battled and they generally handled the game well, and against an in-form side.”
But Leonardo feels that Inter’s path to recovery in the league is just getting underway. Il Biscione are 13 points behind city rivals and leaders Milan though they do have two games in hand.
“Now comes the hard part: keeping up those performances. And against Catania I want another great performance. There are still quite a few matches left and we have to take things one game at a time. If we try to win them all, the comeback will naturally happen.”
Upon being asked whether he felt there was some pressure to get results immediately after Inter fired Rafa Benitez following the Club World Cup, Leonardo told reporters that for him its an enjoyable experience.
“For me, football is about enjoying yourself; it’s not a burden. There mustn’t be any ‘burdens’ in football. You win some, you lose some, you look to improve, to develop, to change. But I don’t feel any burden; I just enjoy the emotions.”
Inter will be welcoming back Samuel Eto’o to the team after the Cameroonian completed his three-match suspension for headbutting Chievo’s Bostjan Cesar. However, the team is still missing Julio Cesar, Wesley Sneijder and Coutinho.
“I expect Eto’o to just be his usual self: the same Samuel Eto’o that everyone knows. The best way for a team to train is by playing, game after game. Just playing is the best way to prepare for more games that lie ahead.”
Leonardo who had praised former Coach Jose Mourinho’s work with this Inter team, admitted once again that he and the ‘Special One’ shared a very healthy relationship.
“He has been very open with me. We discuss many things, even if he does not know what’s going on here on a daily basis. I was very close and he has helped me. I am grateful for that.”

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