Leonardo: “Inter are completely focussed on Lecce”

Inter Coach Leonardo believes the Nerazzurri will not let their Champions League achievements distract them when they face relegation threatened Lecce on Sunday afternoon.
Inter’s last gasp win over Bayern Munich in Germany ensured their progress to the quarter-finals of the competition where they face Schalke but the Brazilian manager feels the team is still motivated to do well against Lecce.
“It is true that we allowed ourselves to have a bit of fun immediately after the victory, as it was so beautiful and hard-fought. But at the same time, I think Inter are a very experienced team.
“The best feature is our concentration and the ability to understand the challenges that confront us in this very decisive moment of the season. Striking a balance between euphoria and concentration, will be the key.”M

Leonardo also felt that the team’s excellent form since he has taken over which has seen them win 14 of their 18 games, will only spur them on towards more successes rather than tiring the players out.
“I believe that optimism, brings more optimism and that victories bring more victories. Inter know that this is a decisive point of the year. Tomorrow, Lecce will be without Javier Chevanton and Davide Di Michele, but we won’t give our opponents the chance to play openly. We do not expect an easy game at all.”
Diego Milito is still out of the team after having suffered an injury in the game against Roma at the start of February, but Leonardo asserted that though the Argentine was close to recovering, he had no intentions of rushing him.
“Diego has to stick to his program. It is true, that he hasn’t really recovered as quickly as we would have hoped but he has shown very positive reactions. He was close to joining us in Munich. I will wait for his recovery to be complete and then we can get him back.”
Inter currently tail Milan by five points in the race for the Scudetto and the two rivals go head-to-head with each other next week in the Derby Della Maddonina which will surely have a major impact on the title race.

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